A Rogers Park man came to the rescue of a 3-year-old Golden Retriever mix who was trapped on the ice of Lake Michigan late Friday afternoon.
According to Fox Chicago, Dave Kehnast, 37, saw the dog hoping from one piece of ice to another, seemingly trapped, from his apartment building's fire escape near Touhy Beach on the city's Far North Side.
Kehnast sprang into action by grabbing his kayak, putting on a wetsuit and heading to the dog's rescue. Emergency officials had also been alerted to the pup in peril.
"I don't know if he realized what kind of danger he was actually in," Kehnast told ABC Chicago.
He proceeded to try and coax the dog back to dry land, at which point the scared dog took off. He ended up at Animal Care & Control where the dog's owner, Nerijus Stepenovicius, had expected to be reunited with the pup, whose name is Pifas, Saturday. According to WGN, the dog had gotten loose when his owner's landlord had been doing some maintenance work on Stepenovicius' apartment.
According to ABC, Pifas had gone missing on Feb. 13. Stepenovicius told CBS Chicago he was grateful for Kehnast's efforts and added that he owes the Good Samaritan a dinner.
UPDATE: Stepenovicius was not able to take his dog home Saturday, because the city is requiring that the dog get neutered first. The earliest they will be reunited is Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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