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Firefighters say dog on ice rescue is a first

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Cedar Rapids firefighters do water rescues every year but say saving a dog, floating down the river on a piece of ice is a first. That's exactly the call they responded to on Tuesday night, just after 7:15 p.m.

"When it first came in, our very first thoughts before we got to the river were, 'Are we going to put ourselves in danger to save a dog?'" said Captain Marv Trimble, Cedar Rapids Fire Department.

But after pulling up to the Cedar River, crews decided it was safe to enter and hopped into a boat with an animal control officer. They worked quickly to get to the dog before reaching the the roller dam, just a few hundred years away. Eventually, they believe Veo got scared and say she fell into the river, where rescue crews were able to grab her.

"They said the dog was so cold that when they picked it up, all it could do was shiver," said Trimble.

A vet looked her over -- and said she was healthy. Veo's owner picked her up from Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control Wednesday.

The owner doesn't know how Veo got to the river but crews believe once she got on the ice, it broke, and that's how she floated away. They say this serves as a good reminder as the weather starts to warm up.

"Ice is starting to melt off of the waterways and it gets thinner and thinner obviously with each warming day that passes and you just don't truly know what the stability of that ice is," said Greg Smith, Asst. Chief.
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