Hero teen rescues dog from icy Indianapolis pond

Courtesy: Indianapolis Fire Department/WISH

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WISH) – Authorities say an Indianapolis teenager saved a family’s dog from a frozen pond.

It happened Thursday night on the south side, near Southport and Bluff roads.

Courtesy: Indianapolis Fire Department/WISH
Courtesy: Indianapolis Fire Department/WISH

Fire officials said Lazy, an 8-year-old poodle, wandered onto a pond around 7 p.m. They said she fell through the ice and was trying to hang on.

The dog’s owners called 911.

As they waited for emergency crews to show up, officials say a 15-year-old neighbor heard the commotion and came outside to help.

Officials say the teen used a paddle boat to go out onto the icy pond, wearing only a t-shirt, shorts and boots. He got the dog into the boat, but then got stuck on the water.

Officials say he spent over a half hour on the pond in the freezing cold before fire crews were able to pull the boat to shore using a rope.

The teen and the dog are expected to be ok.

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