Crying Dog Rescued From Frigid Waters

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ELYRIA, Ohio -- A river rescue leads to a dog being plucked out of frigid waters.

People who live along the banks of the Black River in Elyria called for help when they discovered a German Shepherd stuck in the icy waters.

"So we both walked back there and sure enough he was in there, crying and we felt sorry for him," said resident Randy Rasnake.

"I heard the dog yelping and crying and he was just hanging on to a piece of ice that was down there off the edge of the bank of the river there....he was just hanging on for dear life," said resident Darlene Corkle.

Elyria firefighters got the call around 5:30 Monday afternoon. They say they had the dog out of the water around 6:15 p.m.

"A slight current and then the low water temperatures, so we had requested our boat to come out, and we had lowered the boat to the river with a couple members in the boat and they were able to extract the dog rather quickly," said Capt. Carl Mack.

"He was scared, but he was probably...he attempted to start swimming to the boat before the boat actually got to him. He didn't have the strength," said Rasnake.

"He was doing pretty well and was barking and everything, and then he started to get very lethargic. He had gone under the water once...we had pulled him out and at that point in time he was very lethargic. He wasn't making any noise, really wasn't moving a whole lot. We wrapped him up in some blankets and turned him over to the police department," said Capt. Mack.

The dog is currently being cared for at the Lorain County Animal Shelter.  Neighbors say they have no idea who the dog belongs to.