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Woman dies in attempt to save dogs

by Therese on December 3, 2007

in Cats, Dogs, Pet First Aid, Random Thoughts

A young woman in Commerce City, Colorado died when attempted to save two dogs that had wandered out onto an icy, frozen lake.

Police say a 19-year-old woman, who was trying to save two dogs from an icy pond, died on Sunday after being pulled from the water by a dive team.

According to the story, a couple saw her out on the ice along with the dogs, and tried to help by tossing a leash for her to grab onto. When that didn’t work they called 911 for help.

Authorities pulled the victim, 19-year-old Laura Wallace of Thornton, out of the pond around 11:42 a.m. She was unresponsive at the time. Medical personnel performed CPR and took Wallace to Denver Health Medical Center, where she later died.

Dive teams also pulled out both dogs, a Labrador and a mixed-breed dog. Authorities say both dogs are fine and have been turned over to family members.

The full story is here.

Sadly, when we see pets in danger, our main goal is to get them to safety and in doing in doing that, we can sometimes put ourselves in danger as well. However, it’s extremely important to keep our own safety in mind – if we let ourselves get hurt or injured while trying to save a pet, we may not be much good to that pet. This is one principle I teach in my pet first aid classes, and is an idea every Pet Tech instructor tries to get across to everyone who takes our classes.

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AuthorMomWithDogs December 4, 2007 at 8:06 am

Wow. How tough for her family…

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Therese December 4, 2007 at 9:27 am

Yes, I know. I can’t even imagine what they must be going through. She was obviously an animal lover, just like so many of us.

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