GREENSBORO, N.C. – Nina, an 8-month-old German Shepherd, had to be rescued from a frigid pond at Adams Farm.
Nina’s owner Robin Jansen says the dog started chasing a bird while jogging with her teenage daughter Friday afternoon.The bird led Nina to a partially frozen pond, next to the Adams Farm Club House, where she fell through the ice. It is believed Nina was in the water for more than 30 minutes before being rescued. Children first tried to get her out then called 911. A dispatch officer called the club house for directions. TJ Lepock, who answered the club house phone, said he knew emergency workers would not arrive in time. With a wet suit on hand, he decided to jump in and save Nina. I had to break the ice while swimming out to him, said Lepock. He slid all the way to the middle before falling through the ice. He got tired fast, the kids were crying and I just couldn’t let that dog die.
Lepock took Nina to the Adams Farm Animal Hospital where veterinarian Janet Raczkowski said Nina’s body temperature had dropped to 93.6. A normal dogs temperature is between 101 and 103. Staff was able to get Nina’s temperature back up to normal levels. Nina is expected to be just fine though a little tired this evening.