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Employees Pull Woman and Dog from Paradise Pond

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- A local woman and dog were wet but apparently uninjured after they were pulled from Paradise Pond by two Smith College employees on Tuesday, Jan. 15, just after 11 a.m.

The woman was treated for exposure by Northampton Fire Department at the scene and later transported to her home by Smith Public Safety. Both the dog that fell into the water and another dog that she was walking at the time were taken into care by the Northampton Dog Officer.

Cartegena and Nickl
Jose Cartegena and Kristen Nickl display their citations from Public Safety.

The incident occurred when one of the two leashed dogs apparently escaped from the woman, Karen Axelrod, and ran into the pond, which is currently covered with only small patches of ice. Axelrod then attempted to retrieve the dog, named Jasper, from the water and became immersed up to her waist. Axelrod was reportedly hired to walk the dogs.

Jose Cartagena and Kristen Nickl, members of physical plant, were near Paradise Pond when they noticed Axelrod go into the water near the shoreline just north of the Japanese Tea Hut. They immediately called Smith Public Safety and went to her aid. After pulling the woman and dog from the water, the pair wrapped her in their coats and helped her to an ambulance parked near the boathouse on College Lane.

A sign on the boathouse warns against skating on Paradise Pond because of thin ice and large swaths of water are visible.

1/15/08  By Kristen Cole
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