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Sandy firefighters rush to save dog stuck in icy lake

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Photo: Sandy Fire District Photo: Sandy Fire District
Photo: Sandy Fire District Photo: Sandy Fire District
SANDY, OR (KPTV) -

Sandy firefighters rushed to save a dog that fell through the ice at a lake off Wildcat Mountain Drive on Thursday.

Mango the dog became stuck in mud and ice 40 feet from shore at Hope Lake near Hilton Lane.

Gary McQueen, chief at the Sandy Fire District, said the water was shallow in the area, but Mango was up to his chest, hanging on the ice.

"About a foot underneath the water, it was muddy. There was no safe way for our crews to walk out there," McQueen said.

Mango, who had been howling and crying for roughly an hour, was happy to see firefighters once they reached him in an aluminum boat. Crews used an axe and a rubbish hook to chop their way through the ice, which was about one to two inches thick.

"He partially jumped in the boat, and sat on the bottom and was very quiet while we (took) him to shore," McQueen said.

Firefighters warmed up Mango with a blanket and hot packs, while petting him vigorously.

Within five minutes, the black lab was ready to play.

"He ran away from us, grabbed a stick and started playing with it," McQueen said.

The owners of the dog weren't home at the time of the rescue. Mango's home was less than a mile away.

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