Firefighters rescue dog from the River Welland

Lesley Poll with her dog Bernie
Lesley Poll with her dog Bernie

A WOMAN has thanked firefighters for pulling her beloved dog from a river.

Lesley Poll, of Elton Close, Stamford, watched in horror as Bernie, a mini Jack Russell, plunged into the River Welland on The Meadows in Stamford on Wednesday last week.

The 16-month-old rescue dog lost her footing while she was trying to reach a ball in the water.

The bank was too steep for Lesley to attempt to get her out herself so she called Stamford police, who advised her to call firefighters on 999.

Within minutes a crew from Stamford fire station arrived and a firefighter was able to negotiate the bank to pull Bernie out.

Lesley, who works at Cummins Generator Technologies, said: “I panicked because Bernie wasn’t treading the water, she was slipping under the reeds and she was whimpering and trying to get out.

“A couple came and tried to help but there was nothing they could do.

“If it wasn’t for the firemen I don’t know what I would have done. She means everything to me and I’m incredible grateful.”

No-one from Stamford fire station was available to comment.