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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Dog rescued from icy water in Wausau

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Dog rescue in Wausau

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- On Sunday, the Wausau Fire Department along with Wausau Police saved a dog that was clinging onto the ice at Riverview Park.

Body camera footage shows the dog lost grip of the ice at one point and fell back into icy water.

Fire officials slowly made their way across the ice to bring the dog to safety.

Area departments said every ice rescue is treated like there was a human involved.

"By all means, if you call us because there is a dog on the ice we are going to treat it as a human life because we don't want it to turn into a human rescue," said SAFER Fire Department Battalion Chief John Lauer.

Even though Lauer's department wasn't part of the rescue, he tells News 9 the same steps are taken to save a dog.

"From a shoreline, if we throw a rope to a person and, in most cases, a dog won't listen, we will have to go get them if that is what's needed," he said.

Lauer said owners need to always fight their instincts to jump in, so the sole priority can strictly be on the dog not going under. They do not want one rescue to turn into two.

Hypothermia in both dogs and humans can kick in within five minutes.

Lauer said around this time of year it is always best to keep your dog on a leash while walking them around any bodies of water.

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