WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTNH)– A dog was rescued after falling into the frigid Willimantic River Friday morning.
Police say they assisted the fire department after a 911 call came in around 9:35 a.m. of a dog that had fallen into the Willimantic River, near the underpass of Route 66.
When rescue crews arrived on scene, Mike, an 11-year-old Great Dane, was still in the river. The dog’s owner said that Mike had slipped down the snow embankment and then slid into the river.
The Willimantic Fire/ Rescue officials put on cold weather suits and were in the water by 9:50 a.m., where they were able to rescue the Great Dane.
“This was the first time in my career that I have witnessed this type of emergency call. Willimantic City Fire did an amazing job with this rescue.” Lt. Stanley Parizo, Jr said in a press release.
Mike and his owner were taken to the North Windham Animal Hospital by police for exposure to cold weather.
A few hours after Mike the Great Dane was taken to North Windham Animal Hospital, he was released. He is at home doing well.