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Dog Desperately Held Onto Ice While Rescuers Came Running

Mike Martorana's standard, early morning stroll with his dog took a scary turn for the worse on Thursday.

At around 8:30 a.m. in Billerica, Massachusetts, Martorana was walking Maya, his 1-year-old black Labrador retriever, when a squirrel caught her attention. Maya ran across the thin ice of a pond to chase after the squirrel, only to fall in, reported the Lowell Sun.

"I knew not to go on the ice so I called the fire department and animal control and they did an unbelievable job," Martorana told the Lowell Sun. "She was half in the pond and she was holding on to the ice with her front paws."

While Maya waited to be rescued, she struggled to save herself. "She was actually trying to pull herself out with a tree branch there," Captain Erik Szymanski of the Billerica Fire Department told the Lowell Sun.

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Thankfully, the fire station was less than a mile away. Rescuers arrived within five minutes - the actual rescue of Maya lasted just a couple of minutes. Maya checked out clean with Billerica Animal Control and did not show signs of hypothermia.

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A recent photo shows Maya safe and sound at home with her family, sitting by a fire on top of several blankets with her sibling, a Chihuahua.

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"She's so friendly and I got three kids, and we would've been heartbroken if something happened to her," Martorana told the Lowell Sun.

Check out The Dodo for more animal rescue stories, like Rudy the pit bull, who was found wounded in a plastic bucket.