PORT BARRINGTON - The Wauconda Fire District rescued a dog that fell through the ice on the Fox River roughly 100 yards off shore.
Around 10 a.m. Monday, the fire district answered a call from a resident with binoculars who could spot the dog struggling to stay above the water off Eastwood Ave. in Port Barrington.
Wauconda Fire District Lt. Adam Schlick was able to rescue the dog within seven minutes, according to Lt. Mark Dierker.
The dog was exhausted but appeared in good health, Dierker said. It was taken to a veterinary clinic as a precaution.
"He's doing OK," Dierker said. "He's just really, really tired. Cold and tired."
Officials learned that the dog, named Joey, had been missing for around two hours before he was rescued. Joey's owners were out of town and he was being watched by a dog sitter.
"Residents and visitors need to remember no ice is safe ice," Dierker said. "The ice in this situation was unable to support the weight of a dog and certainly would not be safe for a fisherman, skater or snowmobiler."
- Jim Dallke