TROY, Ohio, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Emergency responders in Ohio fished a black lab out of the Great Miami River after the canine struggled in the freezing water for more than 30 minutes.
Firefighters initially tried to lasso the 7-year-old dog, named Stella, from the nearby Adams Street bridge, but they were unable to reach the canine until Troy firefighter Ryan Havenar went out on the ice using a specially designed float made for ice and water rescues.
Havenar was able to grab hold of Stella and bring her back to shore.
"The dog was absolutely exhausted, couldn't even stand him up when we got out of the water," Havenar told WGRT-TV.
Stella was taken to Stoneyridge Veterinary Service in Troy, where veterinarians said her temperature was too low to register on a thermometer. She was warned back up with a warm IV, a warm enema and heating pads.
Barb Igoe, Stella's owner, said she felt grateful while watching video of Stella's rescue.
"It broke my heart," Igoe said of the video. "I thought I would have lost her, if I had seen that before hand. I just want to say thank you to the firefighters, the police and the sheriff... I don't know what her name was but she was rubbing on her until she was warm... I'm just so grateful."