HELENA – A dog was rescued after it fell through the ice on Lake Helena around 11:30 Friday morning.
The dog appears to be a large black lab. He fell through the ice several dozen yards from the shore.
Animal Control and Fish, Wildlife and Parks were among the first responders to reach the scene.
Access to the area was difficult.
Lewis and Clark Co. Search and Rescue was called in to assist with the rescue. MTN has been told the ice is too thin to attempt the rescue with a sled without a dry suit.
Once crews were suited up and out on the ice, they were able to pull the dog to safety just before 1:00 in the afternoon.
Officials say the dog rescued is showing signs of hypothermia and has been taken to a vet to be checked out.
According to Animal Control, a second dog was captured in the area. They are currently searching for the animal’s owner.
Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue says ice is extremely dangerous right now and people are urged to stay off it.
“We’re getting toward the end of the season. There’s probably really isn’t much for any safe ice out there and I would just kind of consider all the ice out here to be dangerous at this point in time in the season,” said Kevin Grabinski, from Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue.
Animal Control and the Humane Society tell us that the dogs were micro-chipped, and have been reunited with their owner.
The black lab that fell through the ice is expected to make a full recovery.