Thin Ice Warning Issued at Irondequoit Creek in Ellison Park Dog Park

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Brighton Fire Chief, Aaron Hiller urged dog-owners to avoid taking their pets to ice-covered surfaces because of the possibility of thin ice. 

The request came after 4 dogs fell through the ice in three separate incidents at the park. Three of the four dogs survived. Unfortunately, one drowned. 

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Brighton Animal Control responded to a call at the Park. According to reports, one dog was chasing another, when the ice broke and both pets fell in. The owner saved one, but not the other.

At least 4-inches of ice can hold an average person’s weight. Hiller added that Rochester had not experienced the long period of cold weather needed to freeze ice to this thickness. So pet-owners should be cautious, even if the ice looks thick and solid.

Apart from the thin ice, the Fire Chief suspects strong water currents under the ice could have swept away the dog.

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