PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department is reminding citizens that now that ice is certain to take over rivers and dams in central South Dakota-that the surfaces can be dangerous at times. Deputy Chief Ian Paul says people who venture onto the ice should always be cautious. He also says those that bring their pets with them when they take to waterways that are ice covered should keep their pets under control. Paul says people should avoid attempting a rescue if your pet goes out onto thin ice or into open water.
Paul says there is no charge for rescuing dogs that break through ice, are out on unpredictable ice or are struggling in open water.
Paul says people should call 9-1-1 if their dog goes out onto thin ice or has broken through. He says people are urged not to attempt a rescue of a pet, as the human can be the one that falls into water and will end up being the one needing assistance. In the last eight years, there have been three incidents in which people with dogs were out on ice covered waters and two people have died.
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