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Intense ice coverage leads to dramatic animal rescues

Jodi Benchich (right), owner of the lost dog rescued by the Coast Guard on Monday, and Michelle Heyza, founder of A Rejoyceful Rescue, are all smiles during their time with KC at Wilson Veterinary Hospital, March 5, 2014. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutte
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U.S. Coast Guard

Update: 11:08 a.m., March 7, 2014

The 14-year-old pup we wrote about earlier in the week was reunited with its owner (woman on the right):

From the Coast Guard's press release:

Jodi Benchich of St. Clair Shores, Mich., visited with her 14-year-old pet “KC” at the Wilson Veterinary Hospital before taking him back home. The dog sustained frostbite on his paws and also lost a significant amount of weight during the time he was lost. "KC is happy to be back home and is eating everything we give him," said a very happy Benchich. "We're forever grateful to the Coast Guard and hope to be able to thank the crew in person sometime soon."

Wednesday, March 5, 11:59 a.m.

A dog was saved by crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay Tuesday, after they found the dog stranded on the ice of Lake St. Clair.

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The dog is carefully lifted to safety.

According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, the men took the dog back to the ship and fed it, and transferred it to an area animal shelter for further care.

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The Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay.

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As the sun sets, another dog is safe.

Animal ice rescue has happened before. The Coast Guard also rescued a dog stuck on ice in 2011.

This winter's cold weather and ice coverage has created plenty of instances for humans to rescue animals. 

In February, a helicopter in Nova Scotia used its rotor blades to blow a deer and her fawn off very slippery ice.

In January, four men rescued a two-year-old mastiff that was stranded on the ice of the Delaware River.

Another man slid his kayak across the ice to save some geese in Centennial Park, Tenn.

Here's a three-minute video of a father and son rescuing three deer.

They men used hovercrafts to rescue the animals.

– Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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