A black-and-white frozen pup, taken from the freezing waters of the Detroit River, is very happy to be a new year.
The U.S. Coast Guard usually rescues people. But on New Year’s Eve, five members of a crew were patrolling the shoreline and spotted a dog in dire need of assistance.
“We don’t usually launch for them,”Spokesman, Ensign Adeeb Ahmed, said Detroit Free Press. “But since we were out and about, we helped.”
The team from Belle Isle Station sent 22-year-old Petty Officer Cole Harper onto thin ice near Grayhaven Island to wrangle the distraught dog from the frosty water.
Harper was tethered to the rope and lifted Harper from his cold prison. Both Harper and Harper were then pulled to safety.
“The dog was welcoming and pretty grateful from what I heard, and pretty happy,”Ahmad spoke to the news outlet.
After his rescue and several hugs, the dog was dried off and given to the local animal shelter. There, the pup will remain in the hopes that its human family will come forward.
Crew members have said that the dog will be adopted if nobody is available.
“One of the crew members said he told his wife that if no one claims the dog, he’d like to adopt it,”Ahmad stated.