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Dog is 'wonderful' after ice rescue

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By Rose Traudt By Rose Traudt

FULTONVILLE, N.Y. – A local animal hospital says the dog rescued from the icy waters of the Mohawk River by volunteer fire fighters on Sunday is doing "wonderfully."

Noah's Ark Animal Hospital says the dog, named 'Hannah,' appears to have no health issues and is recovering just fine and will be able to head back home on Monday.

Chief Downing of the Town of Glen Fire Department says their station received a call on Sunday around 10:45 a.m. from worried onlookers reporting a dog stuck on a piece of ice, floating down the Mohawk River.

The department located the dog just east of the Fonda-Fultonville River Bridge.

Town of Glen fire fighters responded to the scene as quickly as they could, donning ice suits and beginning their rescue. A rope attached the men who journeyed onto the ice with a rescue crew on shore.

Downing says Hannah is a medium-sized dog, similar in appearance to a Labrador retriever.

At one point, the fire fighters who were making their way out toward Hannah broke through the ice on the river. The water level in the Mohawk River was low, only around one foot deep. 

When Chief Downing got close to Hannah, who had become submerged in the icy water, she paddled toward him.

Hannah was successfully removed from the frigid water and carefully bundled up in warm blankets. She was taken to Noah's Ark Animal Hospital in Fonda for treatment.

According to the veterinarian taking care of Hannah, she has responded very well to her treatments. Her body temperature reportedly came up and it appears as though she will be making a full recovery.

The Town of Glen firefighters were assisted by the Fultonville Fire Department, Fonda Fire Department, off duty Canajoharie Firefighters, Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputies, officials from the Montgomery County Fire Coordinator / Emergency Management Office, GAVAC and other good Samaritans. 

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