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Dog trapped on icy reservoir for days finally rescued

Animal rescue employees have finally saved a dog who was trapped on a frozen reservoir in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for several days. The pooch, a 4-year-old sheltie mix named Gibson, had been missing for more than a week, according to the Boston Globe.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARLB) received several calls concerning the animal, who somehow managed to get past a fence and onto the iced-over water reserve. The frightened animal initially refused to come to the aid of the rescue team, and was too scared to even approach his owner.

"The dog kind of reverted to a semiwild, self-preservation state," Brian O'Conner, rescue services manager at the ARLB, told the news source. "They're not like people. You can't rationalize with them and tell them you're there to rescue them."

Fortunately, six animal rescue workers using four-wheelers to drive onto the frozen pond were able to rescue the animal on January 20. The canine was taken to the Animal Rescue League's South Boston headquarters, where she received treatment.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals urges pet owners to keep their dogs on leashes during the winter, particularly when walking near snow or ice. 
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