Jim Carney

GREEN: A dog rescued Thursday from the icy water of Miller Lake by Green firefighters was reunited with its owners on Friday.


The yellow Labrador retriever was spotted on cracked ice on Miller Lake, off Brant Drive, west of South Main Street just before noon Thursday, said Green assistant fire Chief Kevin Groen.


Groen said the dog was struggling in the water, trying to get back onto ice.


Paramedic/firefighter Justin Pratt was sent out onto thin ice on a “water walker” sled that moves across a frozen surface, but also floats. Pratt, who wore cold-water rescue clothing, broke through the ice, but was able to get to the dog and help it to dry land, Groen said.


Rescues like this have happened four times in the last four years in Green.


Groen said his own dog, Saber, had to be rescued from a frozen Comet Lake four years ago.


Summit County sheriff’s deputies took the dog to the Humane Society of Greater Akron’s shelter in Twinsburg.


Karen Hackenberry, executive director of the agency, said the dog did have a tag, but the phone number listed had been disconnected.


Hackenberry said senior humane officer Tim Harland and humane officer Shannon O’Herron did a little sleuthing over the Internet, which led to the dog’s owners.


Hackenberry said the owners reported the dog had wandered off Thursday and they had been unable to find it.


The owners picked up the dog Friday afternoon.


“This is one of those Friday afternoon feel-good stories where you are really feeling wonderful about your role in animal rescue,” Hackenberry said. “I just saw a happy reunion and it made my day.”


Groen said the fire department rescues animals whenever possible. “If we don’t, someone will go on the water and attempt to do it on their own and we don’t want that to happen.” he said.


Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or at jcarney@thebeaconjournal.com.