Caught on camera: officers rescue deer from frozen pond - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Caught on camera: animal control officers rescue deer from frozen pond

Ronnie Norman blow dries the deer to warm it back up Ronnie Norman blow dries the deer to warm it back up
Gilbee pulls the deer from the frigid waters Gilbee pulls the deer from the frigid waters

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A deer is recovering in a Jonesboro animal clinic after being stuck in a frozen pond for hours. Jonesboro Animal Control was on the scene for an hour before being able to save the doe from the frigid waters and they caught their dramatic rescue on camera.

"It was a pond, is what we were told...and a small deer," Animal Control Officer Eric Gilbee told Region 8 News.

When they arrived on the scene around 2pm on Tuesday though, Gilbee said that wasn't the case.

"It was actually a pretty good sized deer and a lake, not a pond," he explained.

JPD Animal Control was called to the body of water behind Ridge Crest Nursing Home after reports of a deer that had fallen through the ice about fifteen feet out.

"We tried with a rope for probably about 10-15 minutes and we just knew that wasn't gonna get it," Gilbee said. He explained the icy waters froze the rope and they had to look for a different option.

"So we found a boat over by a woman's house," he said. Officers dragged the boat to the water then spent over thirty minutes breaking the ice to even get to the deer.

"We actually had to break the ice all the way from the bank all the way out there to her and that's what took so long because breaking the ice and then trying to push the boat in the right direction that the ice was breaking."

As Gilbee went out on the boat to rescue the animal, officer Brandon Dix shot cell phone video from the bank.

An hour after arriving on the scene, Gilbee said they were finally able to pull the roughly 120lb doe to safety.

"She was trying to get out but she was just, she was so cold I think she was just starting to give up," he said.

The rescue didn't stop there though, as animal control officers had to rush the doe to Jonesboro Animal Medical Center where work immediately began to get her warmed back up.

For nearly an hour, Vet Assistant Ronnie Norman blow-dried the doe as she sat in front of a relatively balmy 70-degree heater.

After watching the doe slowly respond to treatments, the officers that pulled her from the water and those at the medical center who worked to heat her back up told Region 8 News that that's why they do what they do.

"This is why I became an animal control officer so I could do stuff like this," Gilbee said.

As to why the deer was out on the ice in the first place, officers really don't know. The doe did have a through and through gunshot wound to her chest, however and officers explained that when deer are in danger, they often run towards water as they are strong swimmers.

They estimate she'd been in the water for over two hours before they could pull her out.

Copyright 2014 KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Balloons were released for a missing person

    Balloons were released for a missing person

    Sunday, May 20 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-05-21 03:20:29 GMT
    A commemoration of a 29-year-old mystery, the disappearance of an East Texas girl without a trace was held in an East Texas city. The family of Kimberly Norwood gathered in Marshall to keep hope alive that somehow answers can be found concerning her disappearance. Norwood was just 12-years-old when she disappeared from Hallsville, on the evening of May 20, 1989,"It doesn't sound real to say 29 years I mean. I just want to ask everybody to keep the prayers coming for us and Kim ...More >>
    A commemoration of a 29-year-old mystery, the disappearance of an East Texas girl without a trace was held in an East Texas city. The family of Kimberly Norwood gathered in Marshall to keep hope alive that somehow answers can be found concerning her disappearance. Norwood was just 12-years-old when she disappeared from Hallsville, on the evening of May 20, 1989,"It doesn't sound real to say 29 years I mean. I just want to ask everybody to keep the prayers coming for us and Kim ...More >>
  • Two people confirmed dead after fatal wreck on Highway 11

    Two people confirmed dead after fatal wreck on Highway 11

    Sunday, May 20 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-05-20 23:53:03 GMT

    One person was killed in a fatal crash in Hopkins County Saturday morning.

    More >>

    One person was killed in a fatal crash in Hopkins County Saturday morning.

    More >>
  • Dakar Burkes Memorial Car Show held in Louisiana

    Dakar Burkes Memorial Car Show held in Louisiana

    Saturday, May 19 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-05-20 02:01:04 GMT
    The roar of high power engines and vintage classic automobiles were on display in one East Texas city, in an annual tribute to a young man, who was a homicide victim, who loved cars. The 9th annual Dakar Burkes memorial car show was held in Lakeport. Racers came in from thunder road Louisiana, as well as collectors from all over the state, to be part of the memorial car show. "They called us, invited us to this event, the cars behind us they run at that track so we brought the...More >>
    The roar of high power engines and vintage classic automobiles were on display in one East Texas city, in an annual tribute to a young man, who was a homicide victim, who loved cars. The 9th annual Dakar Burkes memorial car show was held in Lakeport. Racers came in from thunder road Louisiana, as well as collectors from all over the state, to be part of the memorial car show. "They called us, invited us to this event, the cars behind us they run at that track so we brought the...More >>
Powered by Frankly