October 21, 2021

Cortland firefighters rescue trapped dog

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A conference table is emblazoned with the Cortland Fire Department emblem Wednesday on the firehouse's third floor in downtown Cortland. 10/24/18

TULLY — Cortland firefighters rescued a dog Wednesday afternoon after it was trapped on the ice on Green Lake in Tully.

City firefighters Dustin Contri and Derek Reynolds arrived around 12:40 p.m. to Tully Lake on 5697 Lake Road in Tully to find people trying to break ice on the lake with a canoe to get to the dog, which was about 400 feet from shore.

Contri and Reynolds worked for more than an hour in an inflatable boat to get to the dog.

“It was an exhausting rescue,” Capt. Mike TenKate said this morning. “They really went above and beyond.”

The dog had been on the lake for about two hours when rescuers got to it, he said.. The dog was taken to a veterinarian, but details were unavailable.

TenKate said the owner had let the dog out to use the bathroom and perhaps wasn’t paying close attention to the dog.

TenKate said the best thing someone can do in these situations —whether animal or person — is to stay on the shore, keep communicating with the person to get them to self rescue and direct first responders when they arrive on scene.

“People are very passionate about their pets,” he said. “The last thing we want is to do is have multiple victims to rescue.”