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.
|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.