Pup res­cued from icy pond makes a full re­cov­ery

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Right, Brac­kee, a Red Merle Aus­tralian Heeler and his brother, Rumpy, a Blue Merle Aus­tralian Heeler.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Town and County An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal in Centreville, where Rumpy the Aus­tralian Heeler was taken for re­sus­ci­ta­tion af­ter his res­cue from an ice cov­ered pond.

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