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'One lucky dog:' South Milwaukee Fire Department rescues bulldog from icy Lake Michigan [PHOTOS]

Posted at 3:59 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 21:26:26-05

SOUTH MILWAUKEE — A 12-year-old bulldog was rescued from Lake Michigan Friday.

South MKE FD rescues bulldog from Lake Michigan

The South Milwaukee Fire Department says Tuff was pulled out of the water after venturing out on the ice to grab a stick. Tuff fell through the ice and was reportedly underwater for 10 minutes or more.

Coincidentally, the South Milwaukee Fire Department trained in the very same area this past Wednesday and responded to the scene and rescued Tuff.


With the owner's permission, Tuff was taken to a local veterinary clinic where he is expected to make a full recovery.


"This is a prime example of not only why we train and equip for these events, but how our training can come back full circle and pay huge dividends," the South Milwaukee Fire Department wrote in a Facebook post. "Some might question why we risk our lives to rescue a dog. Responding crews encountered numerous ill-prepared civilians on the thin ice themselves attempting to rescue Tuff. So, in order to reduce their risk of falling in, the well trained and equipped members of the SMFD jumped into action. In the end, it was a tremendous success and Tuff will hopefully live many more years to bark about it."

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