Cape Coral Fire Department

Published: Dec 31, 2013 3:05 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Firefighters rescued a dog that had fallen into a canal on New Year’s Eve.

Around 1:45 p.m., firefighters responded to the 1300 block of SE 23rd Place after a neighbor called 911 reporting a dog in the canal. There, they found the dog swimming in the canal behind homes along SE 23rd place, but unable to get out due to the seawall.

Firefighter Frank Conner entered the water and was soon joined by the dog’s owner who saw the firefighters and recognized his pet. After a few minutes the two men were able to get “Hannah” to the seawall. As a precautionary measure, a muzzle was placed on the dog to prevent her from snapping and biting the rescuers out of fear from the incident before she was removed from the water. Once in place, both firefighters and police officers along with the owner were able to remove the dog from the water using a ladder.

“She was getting worn out,” said Lt. Ferario. “I’m not sure how much longer she would have been able to keep going.”

Cape Coral reminds pet owners that animals, much like small children, can fall victim to hazards in and around the home.

Your Cape Coral Fire Department reminds everyone with a pet to follow some safety tips to keep your furry friends happy and healthy as we head into a new year:

· Just like with children, pets need to be able to get out of a canal should they fall in. Make sure you have a ladder available to allow for getting in and out of the water in an emergency.

· Make sure you have a secured area for your pet. While cats tend to venture off, dogs tend to get into situations, especially around water that they may not be able to escape.

· Always make sure your pet has proper identification, whether a collar with ID tag or a microchip implanted. Make sure to include a telephone number so you can be contacted if your animal is found by authorities or taken to the animal shelter.