Dog owner credits tips from the news for helping save his pet from icy pond

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — Despite a few warmer days following a week of single-digit temperatures, Colorado water bodies are still frozen and can be a hazard for animals or people going out on the ice.

“It was a one-in-a-million thing — her leash got caught and let her loose, and as soon as I realized it, she ran out and chased the geese on the ice,” said Jerry Widener, the owner of a 4-and-a-half-year-old husky shepherd mix.

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On Sunday, Widener and his dog, Bella, were out for a walk at Utah Park in Aurora. He said Bella ran out onto the ice and fell into the water. Right away, he called 911 for help.

“I was panicking, thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t lose my girl. She is everything to me,’” said Widener, who rescued Bella from the Dumb Friends League during the pandemic.

Widener said at first, he thought he should go out onto the ice and try and help Bella. But he said he remembered a story he saw on FOX31/Channel 2 just a week ago about what someone should do in this type of situation.

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