Two Massachusetts Dogs Okay After Falling Through Ice at…Badluck Lake
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It’s as if they can’t even read.
Two dogs in Douglas, Massachusetts, went through a frightening ordeal this week when they fell through some ice into freezing waters. According to a Facebook post from the Douglas Police Department, officers teamed up with the town’s fire department to rescue the duo that had seemingly escaped from their enclosure.
What’s notable, however, is that the ice they fell through sat atop the rather ominously-named…Badluck Lake. While it still isn’t clear if the lake is also home to a summer camper-turned-slasher, the dogs are said to be doing fine (however, one Facebook user noted that were it not for their breed – believed to be Newfoundland – the story may not have had as happy an ending).
Officers warned owners to keep their dogs leashed, but there are several other precautions pet-owners should take during cold New England weather:
KEEP AN EYE ON HOW THEY LOOK OUTSIDE…AND INSIDE
According to the Red Cross, you can do as much to help your dog from the frigid temperatures while they’re inside as you can while they’re in the cold. Wipe their paws with a towel before they lick them, causing irritations. Also, dry your dog’s coat off with a towel if they get wet while outdoors.
BE MINDFUL OF HARMFUL PLACES AND SUBSTANCES
In this weather, many humans use antifreeze. However, we also know not to lap it up. Cats, meanwhile, may hide beneath your car or underneath your hood for warmth. So, it’s best to check underneath your vehicle to make sure nobody’s napping, or honk if you want to be safe and make a fun TikTok.
WATCH CLOSELY FOR ANY ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR
If your pet is moving slower than usual or shivering even after being inside for an extended period of time, they might have hypothermia. In the event your pet shows any symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, contact your veterinarian immediately.
For more info and a complete list, visit the American Red Cross.