Welland firefighters rescue dog from recreational canal

Welland firefighters rescued a full-size Rottweiler from the Welland Recreational Canal Saturday. Photo by Joseph Burd

Firefighters from the Welland Fire and Emergency Services Department rescued a full-size Rottweiler that had gone through the ice and was in the water in the Welland Recreational Canal Saturday, Feb. 16/2019.

“Just before 9 a.m. this morning crews were called to the recreational canal at Ontario Rd,” deputy chief Adam Eckhart said. “A full-size Rottweiler was in the water, a citizen who noticed the dog, had approached and tried to aid him.”

The woman who tried to aid the dog was not the owner. She also went through the ice and retreated to shore.

Firefighters donned water rescue suits to retrieve the dog from the water.

“He was upset and snapped at the firefighters,” Eckhart said. He noted the dog settled down once it realized it was safe.

The dog was given to the SPCA, the owner has not been identified at this time.

“I want to ask the public to wait for help and not to take risks like this,” Eckhart said. “We were fortunate today that both the animal and the helper were brought to shore safely.”

“People need to be extra cautious when in and around the ice, don’t trust it, monitor it,” he said. “If you aren’t certain, don’t risk it. Cold weather does not guarantee that the ice is safe, use caution and keep an eye on the people with you and your pets. “