Pup rescued from icy pond makes a full recovery
CENTREVILLE — Sometimes the right people end up in right place at the right time. Just before dawn on the morning of Jan. 11 a dog named Rumpy fell into an icy pond; were not for the quick actions of a group of local Centreville residents, this story would not have had a happy ending.
Rumpy and Brackee, Australian Heelers, were out for their morning run, when owner Kim Mundrake, heard a bang against her glass door. The sound repeated itself several times, when it captured her attention, Mundrake found a panicked Brackee outside the door. She followed him to the edge of her property where she found Rumpy trapped in the middle of the ice covered pond, he had fallen through the weak spot near the pond aerator.
Unable to get to the dog herself, she dialed 911. The call was dispatched to Animal Control and the local
fire department; Mundrake knew the time was critical. Goodwill Volunteer Fire Department members Kenneth Bloodsworth and Jeremy Davis were the first to respond in their personal vehicles when they heard the call dispatched over their radios.
Mundrake had thrown boulders from the edge of the pond onto the ice without the ice breaking, and she later described Davis and Bloodsworth stomping through the ice in six-footdeep icy water without hesitation.
Rumpy had been in the frigid water for over 20 minutes when the firefighters were finally able to reach him and pull his paw free of the aerator. They reported at the time they had gotten to the pup, he was barely alert and his face was bobbing under the surface of the water.
Shannon Cross and Derrick Leonard with Animal Control had also heard the call and were waiting for Rumpy at the edge of the pond with everything ready in Mundrake’s house to begin attempting to rewarm the dog and render first aid.
Leonard said he didn’t think the animal’s chances were good. Heelers are small dogs and Rumpy had been exposed to the cold water for long enough that once in Leonard and Cross’ care, Leonard described the dog as “lifeless.” But not ready to give up they prepared to transport the animal to the emergency clinic in Anne Arundel county.
However, closer help was at hand. Dispatch was able to reach Deb Lenchner at Town and County Animal Hospital in Centreville. Lenchner said she had reported to work a little earlier than usual that morning and debated letting the answering machine pick up the call when she heard it ring. She said something told her to answer the phone.
Knowing the vet on call that day was still 20 minutes or more from the office, Lenchner reached offduty Dr. Kathleen Maltby at the YMCA in Centreville. Lenchner said she knew Maltby and vet technician Nancy Womack were taking a class at the YMCA that morning. They both responded they would be in immediately, said Lenchner.
Womack said when she and Malby arrived at the office the staff had heated towels and a warmed table ready for Rumpy.
“Rumpy didn’t even register a temperature,” said Womack, “when he first arrived. His gums were frozen, and he was experiencing hypothermia.”
Womack said Maltby was able to re-warm the pup using IV fluids and oxygen, but they weren’t certain that even with rewarming he would make a full recover y.
After eight hours, he was back to himself, she said. “He is a tough little dog, who made an amazing recovery.”
Mundrake wanted to thank all those involved for responding so quickly and without hesitation.
“This shows truly what kind of community we have, and what a special place it is to live and be a part of,” said Mundrake.
Left, Rumpy relaxes with brother, Brackee. Brackee came to his brothers rescue on Jan. 11 when Rumpy fell into an ice covered pond in Centreville.
Right, Brackee, a Red Merle Australian Heeler and his brother, Rumpy, a Blue Merle Australian Heeler.
Town and County Animal Hospital in Centreville, where Rumpy the Australian Heeler was taken for resuscitation after his rescue from an ice covered pond.