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Posted on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:07 p.m.

Police rescue dog from icy Ford Lake

By Amy Biolchini


Ford Lake at North Bay Park in Ypsilanti Township Tuesday morning, where a dog was rescued from the lake by Ypsilanti-area first responders.

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Police rescued a dog that fell through the ice of Ford Lake Tuesday morning in Ypsilanti Township.

The dog was about 40 feet off the shore of a hiking path in North Bay Park in the water when first responders arrived about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.


An Ypsilanti Township firefighter holds the dog crews rescued from Ford Lake Tuesday morning. The owner is standing on the right.

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An Ypsilanti Township ordinance officer and an Ypsilanti police officer rescued the dog by pulling it to shore with a stick with a hook on the end.

The dog’s owner had attempted to save it by walking out onto the thin ice on Ford Lake but was unsuccessful, said Ypsilanti Township Fire Department Lt. Fred Anstead. The owner did not fall through the ice.

The owner should not have gone out on the ice himself, Anstead said. People should call 911 for help if they're in a similar situation, he added.

A passerby called 911 to report the dog stuck on the ice in Ford Lake. First responders managed to keep the dog swimming until it was rescued, Anstead said.

The owner and his dog had been walking on a trail that passes over a series of islands in the middle of the lake.

Ypsilanti Fire Department crews took the dog and its owner home after the rescue, Anstead said. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Multiple units were dispatched to North Bay Park for the incident, and a number of them parked on the right shoulder of eastbound Interstate 94 on the bridge over Ford Lake.

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Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:29 p.m.

Luckily the dogs owner didn't break through and drown.


Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

Poor thing! Bet he was so glad to get home and warm again! They story doesnt say if he was leashed and got away somehow or if he was not leashed. I see people walking with their dogs unleashed all the time. I get you want your pooch to have some freedom; but for their saftey and yours keep them leashed!


Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 3:30 p.m.

So glad that Fred is home and doing okay! Guboy!


Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 8:46 p.m.

Tried to vote your comment thumbs up... went down instead! Sorry!


Wed, Feb 13, 2013 : 2:12 a.m.

This picture is of Fred the dog. He is home and doing just fine. The owner would like to personally thank Ordinance Officer Bill Elling, of Ypsilanti Township, for his heroic actions.


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 11:55 p.m.

Best story of the day!


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 10:28 p.m.

@ Amy, any idea if the leash on the dog in the picture was on the dog when it was pulled off the ice?

Rob MI

Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 5:14 p.m.

I wondered what all the emergency vehicles were for when I entered the freeway going west at Huron St. Thank you for the story!

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 5:22 p.m.

You're welcome. I knew people would be curious. It wasn't easy to get down to the part of the park where the rescue took place. Thankfully the rescue turned out well and everyone ended up safe.