CONCORD, Ohio — The Chardon Fire Department saved the life of a dog that had just been rescued from a puppy mill and had fallen into a pond.
A three-year-old shih tzu named Spring had just been surrendered with her sister Dawn from a puppy mill in Indiana and was in a transport with four other dogs on their way to New York.
While in commute, the transport stopped outside of Mentor for a break Saturday night around 9:30 p.m.
That’s when Spring broke out of her collar and took off.
The transport had to keep going so it reached out to Care Hupp, a local shih tzu foster, to look for Spring, leaving Hupp with Dawn since the two are a bonded pair.
On Sunday morning, Spring was spotted in Concord. When Hupp went out to find her, Spring went out on a pond that was half frozen over.
The Chardon Fire Department responded to rescue Spring from the pond.
After trying to coax Spring off the pond herself, fire crews realized they’d have to go in for her. Less than five minutes later, crews had waded into the pond, breaking the ice as they went, and recovered Spring.
Hupp said that Spring is safe in her care now, as is her sister Dawn, and both will soon be looking for new homes.
The pups are a bonded pair and must be adopted together.
To learn more about adopting Spring and Dawn, click here.