"The dog was out about 25-30 feet in four or five feet of water," said Warford. "It was frozen pretty bad. Everyone did a good job and the firefighter was able to get the dog out."
Lapeer County Animal Control Officer Carla Frantz believes the animal had been in the water for some time before being rescued.
"I got the call from Central Dispatch," said Frantz. "By the time the fire department got it out, the dog must have been in the water for 45-50 minutes. The animal was cold and appeared very weak."
Frantz credited the firefighters and Imlay City Rescue for their quick action and compassion shown during the recovery.
"I was impressed with their concern for the animal," she said. "The dog was pretty much frozen. They saved the animal."
Frantz said the dog's owner, Virginia "Jenny" Ramero, immediately transferred the animal to Hollow Corners Veterinary Clinic for emergency treatment.
Ramero said 2-year-old "Ally" had gotten out of her pen after heavy winds blew down a portion of fencing.
"She must have been chasing a bird or something and went out onto the ice," said Ramero. "I couldn't reach her and I started to panic."
She said it took the combined efforts of emergency personnel and the veterinarian to save Ally.
"Her body temperature was down around 60 degrees when I got her to the veterinarian," said Ramero. "They put her on an IV and kept her overnight. She's doing fine now.
"I really want to thank everyone for their help," she continued. "That dog is like a baby to me. I don't know what I would do without her. I'm very grateful."
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.