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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