Family thankful after rescue crews save dog that fell through ice

MELROSE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A family in Rensselaer County is thanking first responders for saving their dog that had fallen through an icy patch into the Hudson River.

The owner of 1 ½-year-old Cyrus, Shawna Barsky, says he was trained to chase geese. On Wednesday, he was chasing them when he ran out onto the ice behind the family’s home.

Barsky says he was gone for about five minutes before she and her children realized his barks were calls for help. She called 911. Hemstreet Park Fire Department, the Melrose Fire Company and others responded, with two teams using ropes to pull the large dog to safety.

“It was amazing actually. I’ve never seen anything like it. They were fast, they knew what they were doing. They just went in and got him,” said Barsky.

Barsky says she wants to extend a sincere thank you to the crews who risked their lives to save her family member. Cyrus was taken to the vet and so far given a clean bill of health. They believe he survived because of his size and coat.

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