LORAIN, Ohio – Firefighters at Lorraine rescued a one-year-old miniature bulldog who fell into Lake Erie Wednesday afternoon.

In accordance with Chronicle-telegram of Elyria, a dog escaped from its home on Michigan Avenue by climbing through a snowdrift after its owner fell asleep. Shortly after 1 p.m., the Lorain Fire Department received a call from a woman who saw the dog get out of the lake and run down the shore before returning to the water behind St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Assistant Chief Jeff Fenn told the Chronicle-Telegram that the dog, named Diesel, was in the water for about 10 minutes before crews were able to reach him.

“He was showing signs of being done,” Feng said Chronicle-telegram. “Scared us to death, I said please don’t. We had ice suits and stuff to put on and jump in and pick him up, but it would have been difficult with a 10-foot drop in the water.”

Lorain Professional Firefighters Local 267 posted a rescue message on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“LFD members rescued a young dog from Lake Erie this afternoon,” the tweet said. “The dog was transported by LFD to an animal hospital and then returned to its owners.”


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