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Owners warned-off pet rescues in icy lakes

Rescues of five pet owners, who had fallen through ice trying to save their dogs, in one day, has prompted safety warnings by firefighters.

Officials said people across Derbyshire became trapped in frozen lakes and ponds while out walking dogs on Sunday.

They said people had thrown sticks for the dogs, which had landed on ice-covered lakes.

Owners have been warned not to go onto ice to rescue their pets and put their own lives at risk.

Station manager Trevor Sherwin, who is based at Ascot Drive Fire Station, said: "It is a sad fact that in most cases the dog will find its way out of the ice where often the well meaning 'rescuer' may not.

"If a dog or another animal falls through the ice, do not go to its rescue. If the ice did not support the animal it will not take your weight."



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