Warning for paddling pooches

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Warning for paddling pooches

Owners of paddling pooches enjoying the sunshine are being reminded of the dangers of open water.

The warm weather may lead to temptation by dog walkers to allow their pets off the lead but Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind dog owners that these four-legged friends can also fall victim to the hazards that lie beneath the surface.

Crew Commander Gareth Boyd, Dogsthorpe blue watch, said:  We would like to urge dog owners to keep their pets on a lead at all times  even in this hot weather. If your animal does get into trouble, do not try and rescue it yourself. Please keep yourself safe and dial 999 with as much information as possible about your location.

Crews from Dogsthorpe and Stanground were called to Park Farm in Stanground on Friday to reports of a dog stuck in a pond. The upset owner was safely waiting on the bank and was able to direct crews to the incident.

CC Boyd explained:  Water rescue crews donned dry-suits to get in the water and making their way quickly through thick reeds, they were able to locate the dog and bring is back to safety on the bank. Although this dog owner was upset, they did the right thing by staying safe and calling the fire service  never risk your life in Cambridgeshire s waterways.

Firefighters across the county are giving out advice to the public about water safety and are educating young people about the risks of open waterways as part of its #RememberRony campaign. The campaign was launched in May and is backed by the family of Huntingdon schoolboy Rony John, who sadly died last year while playing with friends in the Great River Ouse.

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