Note: The dog pictured above is NOT the one that was saved in the rescue. We were unable to get pictures of that dog.
On February 13th, New York State Trooper Christoper Spallone responded to a call that a dog was stuck on thin ice on a pond in frigid weather in Somers, NY. When he arrived, he saw that the dog, a Lab named Shelby, in distress. Her body submerged in the water while she clung onto the ice for dear life. If Trooper Spallone didn’t act fast, she surely would drown or freeze to death. It had been 10 minutes already that she was in that position.
While wearing no protective gear and equipped with only a life jacket on a rope supplied by the local fire department, Trooper Spallone grabbed a plank of wood and carefully belly-crawled towards Shelby. All the while he was acutely aware that the ice was thin under his body. And then it happened, the ice broke and Trooper Spallone was submerged neck high in the water. That wasn’t enough to stop him from his mission to rescue Shelby.
When he finally reached her, together they made their way toward safety. Officer Dustin from the Somers Police Department and Somers Fireman Michael Cyrulik began pulling them back to shore. Then, disaster struck when the rope broke free of Trooper Spallone, leaving him and Shelby on their own. Trooper Spallone tried hard to navigate the ice with Shelby but again, the ice cracked and he and Shelby found themselves submerged in the frigid water.
Trooper Spallone ignored the pain in his arms from both the breaking ice and being in icy water, he carried Shelby in the water until he reached a thicker piece of ice. He then pushed Shelby onto the ice and she ran to shore. Once Shelby was safely on shore, Trooper Spallone began his trek back in the icy water. He was suffering from hypothermia, and was just shy of reaching shore when he could no longer stand. He was then helped out by Officer Dustin and Cyrulik.
Trooper Spallone was takento a nearby hospital where he was treated for low oxygen levels. According to reports, Shelby’s owner was treated on scene for exposure. However, Trooper Spallone doesn’t seek accolades as it was all in a day’s work for him.
There is so much negativity surrounding police and dogs in the press these days. But, without responders like Trooper Spallone, Shelby would have suffered a horrific death the day before Valentine’s Day.
Spallone recently suffered his own loss when one of his three dogs passed away in January. Without him, a family would have been mourning the loss of their own dog.
“I respond to every animal call,” he said.
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