N.H. Chief Jumps Into Icy Pond to Rescue Dog


A police chief jumped into icy waters this week to rescue a family's dog that had fallen into a pond.

Jennifer Jenkins said her family's dog, Chloe, has been something of a handful since they adopted the dachshund-Chihuahua mix three years ago.

"Crazy, hyper, likes to get in trouble, barks a lot and runs away at any chance she can get," Jenkins said.

Chloe is also the constant companion of Jenkins' 3-year-old son, Jason. But shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, the family realized Chloe had managed to sneak out of the house.

So Jenkins rounded up her son and a 2-year-old girl she cares for and headed to the nearby shore of Kingston's Great Pond. Out on the ice, they could see Chloe running around.

"I put the kids in the car seats, and I drove down to the beach and I called her, and she came right towards me, and then just right as the ice got in, she fell right in," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said she used a cellphone to call 911.

"I just started crying," she said. "I mean, I'm four months pregnant, so I'm emotional."

Jenkins said she also didn't want to jump in herself because she's pregnant. But two minutes later, Kingston Police Chief Donald Briggs pulled up.

"And he said, 'How long has the dog been in the water?' and I said, 'Probably five or eight minutes by now,' and he said, 'Well, I'm not waiting for the fire truck,' and he just took off his gun belt, ran right in and grabbed her," Jenkins said.

Briggs ended up waist deep in the frigid water but was able to bring Chloe to shore.

"I broke the ice along as I went in, so I could reach the animal," he said.

Chloe was wrapped in a blanket and rushed to a nearby vet. Briggs said that when he saw Jenkins and her son visibly upset, he had to act.

"I just did what anybody else would have done," he said. "I just saved a little boy's dog, that's all."

Chloe was expected to be fine from her ordeal.

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