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11:08 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Intense ice coverage leads to dramatic animal rescues

Update: 11:08 a.m., March 7, 2014

The 14-year-old pup we wrote about earlier in the week was reunited with its owner (woman on the right):

Jodi Benchich (right), owner of the lost dog rescued by the Coast Guard on Monday, and Michelle Heyza, founder of A Rejoyceful Rescue, are all smiles during their time with KC at Wilson Veterinary Hospital, March 5, 2014. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay rescued the dog four miles from shore during ice-breaking operations Monday afternoon on Lake St. Clair.
Credit Kim Gordus / U.S. Coast Guard

From the Coast Guard's press release:

Jodi Benchich of St. Clair Shores, Mich., visited with her 14-year-old pet “KC” at the Wilson Veterinary Hospital before taking him back home. The dog sustained frostbite on his paws and also lost a significant amount of weight during the time he was lost.

"KC is happy to be back home and is eating everything we give him," said a very happy Benchich. "We're forever grateful to the Coast Guard and hope to be able to thank the crew in person sometime soon."

Wednesday, March 5, 11:59 a.m.

A dog was saved by crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay Tuesday, after they found the dog stranded on the ice of Lake St. Clair.

The dog is carefully lifted to safety.
Credit Courtesy of Cutter Bristol Bay

According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, the men took the dog back to the ship and fed it, and transferred it to an area animal shelter for further care.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay.
Credit Courtesy of Cutter Bristol Bay

As the sun sets, another dog is safe.
Credit Courtesy of Cutter Bristol Bay

Animal ice rescue has happened before. The Coast Guard also rescued a dog stuck on ice in 2011.

This winter's cold weather and ice coverage has created plenty of instances for humans to rescue animals. 

In February, a helicopter in Nova Scotia used its rotor blades to blow a deer and her fawn off very slippery ice.

In January, four men rescued a two-year-old mastiff that was stranded on the ice of the Delaware River.

Another man slid his kayak across the ice to save some geese in Centennial Park, Tenn.

Here's a three-minute video of a father and son rescuing three deer.

They men used hovercrafts to rescue the animals.

– Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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