Teacher Rescues Dog Found In Frozen Lake

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A little puppy by the name of Dory is recovering these days after being found in an Illinois lake that was several degrees away from freezing. The happiest part of this story is that the person who found Dory also wants to adopt her and be her forever home!

Bryant Fritz is a middle school science teacher who was fishing on a lake in Champaign, Illinois when he noticed a tiny puppy stuck inside of her crate in the water. “It was about 3 p.m. when I saw the dog in the lake,” Fritz told the local paper. “Part of the crate was sticking out of the water. The puppy’s head was still above water, but the rest of her body was submerged.”

Fritz then said that he jumped into the water to get the crate and dog out of the freezing water. “I thought about calling someone but I didn’t think she had an extra five or 10 minutes, I just didn’t know.” As soon as he got the dog out of the water, Fritz immediately drove her home to get warm blankets and then to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 

As soon as Dory was brought into the hospital, she was treated for hypothermia and other injuries that the team said were sustained prior to Dory being in the lake. Now that Dory is on the mend, the local authorities are said to be investigating who was responsible for leaving the puppy in the lake.

“She’s excited, she’s happy, she’s eating, she wags her tail, licks faces, takes treats,” Dr. Meghan Fick of the hospital told the News-Gazette. “Puppies are so resilient that she doesn’t know that people did this to her, and she just wants to be around people. She wants to sit on your lap, lick your hands and take treats. She’s ready to move on and doesn’t harbor any bad feelings.”

Fritz recently lost his own beloved dog, a pit bull mix, and is looking forward to adopting Dory. He said, “As I filled out the paperwork when I brought her to the hospital, I realized I wanted this dog to be a part of my life." 

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