Dog rescued after falling through frozen Franklin pond

Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 12:04pm
Staff reports

With small ponds frozen over and dusted with snow, some may be tempted to recreate a Currier & Ives ice skating photo, but police warn that the ice on these bodies of water is often not strong enough to support the weight of a dog much less and person.

At about 10 a.m. today, police were called to a pond near 614 Shadycrest Lane in Franklin’s Maplewood Subdivision after a resident became concerned about children playing on the iced-over pond.

Police said they cleared the children from the pond moments before a dog fell through the ice and into the frigid waters below.

Animal Control and Rescue personnel were called to assist; the dog, however, was rescued by neighbors moments later.

While small bodies of water have frozen over, there is a very real and extreme danger to anyone who walks, skates, or plays on iced-over bodies of water in the area, Franklin police said.

Parents are urged to talk to their children about the dangers and strictly prohibit this type of activity.