ELYRIA, Ohio -- A dog that had to be rescued from the icy waters of a local river is improving. The dog is being cared for at the Lorain County Dog Kennel in Elyria.
"He's behaving really nice. He's really healthy, friendly. He will be a good candidate for anybody looking for a dog," said dog warden Nelson Delgado.
The 3-year-old Akita/German Shepherd mix appeared to be fine a day after his Monday night ordeal.
"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,” explained Elyria resident Darlene Corkle.
The dog was stuck in the middle of the frigid Black River, unable to make it to shore. Neighbors called in Elyria firefighters who used a boat to rescue him.
"He was scared, but he attempted to start swimming to the boat before the boat actually got to him. He didn't have the strength, explained resident Randy 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," said Elyria fire Capt. Carl Mack.
"They kept him in the cruiser for a good half an hour with the heater on to recuperate his temperature. He was just fine after that, a little wet, but he was fine," Delgado said.
Delgado says he believes the dog's thick coat helped him survive. He says the animal appears to be in good shape. He's friendly, responds to commands and is house-broken, an indication he could be someone's lost pet.
"It's very important to have a tag because that way we can turn it back to the owner, or even a microchip would've really helped to identify where they came from," he added.
The kennel will hold the dog for three business days, and if his owner does not claim him, he'll be put up for adoption.