Dog Rescued From Ice on Charles River

Officer Chris Cunningham hugs Cooper after he was rescued from the Charles River Sunday. Photo courtesy of the Wellesley Police Department.
Officer Chris Cunningham hugs Cooper after he was rescued from the Charles River Sunday. Photo courtesy of the Wellesley Police Department.

Cooper the Goldendoodle is a chilly dog, but is alive and well thanks to the Wellesley Fire Department, who rescued him from the Charles River Sunday morning.

Wellesley Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Donahue told Boston.com the dog had been missing since about 4 p.m. Saturday after it ran off while on a walk with its owner, Jared Bartels.

After Cooper went missing, Bartels and his friend posted fliers. Police said someone who saw a flier called 911 Sunday morning and reported that Cooper was stuck on ice about 40 feet into the Charles River behind Livingston Road. Donahue said Cooper was likely stuck on the ice all night.

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Donahue said firefighters wore waterproof suits when entering the water to rescue the dog. He said the rescue took less than 20 minutes.

Donahue said Cooper is “OK,’’ and no one was hurt during the rescue.

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