Thin layers of ice on outskirts of valley ponds could pose troulbe for people, pets
Eric Fink explains. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Ponds across the Treasure Valley are blanketed with ice and snow, creating a scenario that could be very unsafe for people and pets.
Divers with the Boise Fire Department have had their share of dog rescues this winter. Crews say too often owners walk their dogs off leash. The dogs instinctively chase after geese in sections of ponds that aren't frozen and the dogs fall in.
"Some of our biggest fears are actually having the pet owners following the pets onto the ice and trying to rescue them and then becoming a victim themselves," Capt. Shawn Res said. "Dogs are going to have a hard time getting out of them. They will suffer hypothermia, no different than a human will."
According to Res, the largest risks valley communities face in regards to water safety come on the ice.