Dog reunited with family after Ohio officers rescue him from icy pond

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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) — A dog who was rescued from an icy pond Sunday has been reunited with his family.

Springfield Township police said the pup fell through the ice and into a pond on Killian Road.

Off-duty Louisville police officer Dan Riggs was driving by the pond when he saw the commotion and stopped to help. He used a neighbor’s kayak to break through ice to get to the dog and guide her toward shore, where Officer Simms was in the water.

Riggs took her home before reuniting her with the McKnight family Sunday night.

Amber McKnight said Stella was playing in the yard Sunday morning when she got out through a hole in their fence. She said the family searched for Stella, but were unable to find her, then saw the Springfield Township Police Department Facebook post showing their dog being rescued.

“She was so close to home, yet we were on the complete opposite side looking for her,” McKnight said.

She said a veterinarian reports Stella will be OK.

“They said at this point there’s no real concern. She’s limping a little bit, but they said that was probably from a broken toenail during all of this,” McKnight said.

The family thanked the neighbors and officers who stepped in to help.

“We are incredibly thankful. Just thankful the right place, the right time, the right people who knew what to do,” she said.

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