Dog owners are being warned of the dangers of ponds and waterways after fire and rescue crews had to rescue a pet from a Peterborough pond.
Crews from Dogsthorpe and Stanground were called to Park Farm in Stanground at 9.43am today (Friday July 10) 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.
Crew Commander Gareth Boyd, Dogsthorpe blue watch, said: “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.
“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.”
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.