A Wayne dog is home safe and dry thanks to Wayne and Readfield firefighters who helped rescue him from Lovejoy Pond on Sunday.

The “dog through the ice” call came in about 11:45 a.m. with an address on Tall Timbers Road on the east side of Lovejoy Pond.

Wayne Fire Chief Bruce Mercier said later Sunday, “The dog is fine. It was a good rescue, a nice save.”

Mercier said one of the department’s newest members, David Watts, donned a dry suit to rescue the unidentified dog.

Watts was assisted by members of the Readfield Fire Department, who brought their water rescue equipment.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 12:30 p.m.

“Everybody was happy,” Mercier said. “It was an older dog and had a leg that was a little gimpy.”

He also cautioned other dog owners: “Till that ice is safe, put your dog on a run. Don’t let it get out on the ice.”

Mercier said he did not know the name of the dog owner.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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