A dog has died after falling through ice in a frozen lake in Middlesbrough.
Firefighters rushed to the scene and, as they approached, saw children walking across the same ice the pet had fallen through.
Cleveland Fire and Rescue posted on Facebook: “We just attended an incident where a dog fell through the ice on Hemlington Lake while children were seen trying to walk on the ice. Please pass on the associated dangers.
“Frozen ponds and lakes can be very tempting to walk or play on, but please stay clear and do not put yourself or others in danger.”
Meanwhile, another dog got into trouble at a popular walking spot at Baggeridge Country Park in Staffordshire.
Lifebuoys were available but unfortunately vandals damaged them.
A Staffordshire Council spokesman told BlackCountryLive: “We can confirm that an incident has occurred at Baggeridge Country Park and offer our condolences and best wishes to those involved.
“As part of the park’s risk assessment, the lifebuoys are regularly inspected by the ranger team.
“Unfortunately, on this occasion, the lifebelts were attacked by vandals, who repeatedly find it acceptable to remove these vital supplies and endanger life.”
Today’s incidents follow the tragedy in Solihull earlier this week which saw four boys pulled from Babbs Mill Lake.
The youths, aged 10, 11, 8 and 6, all died as a result of the ordeal.
The family of brothers Finlay, eight, and Samuel Butler, 6, and their cousin Thomas Stewart, 11, have paid tribute to them.
They were pulled out of the freezing water alongside Jack Johnson, 10.
In a statement, the boys’ family said: “As a family we are devastated at the loss of our beautiful boys Tom, Fin and Sam in such tragic circumstances. We would like to thank the emergency services for all they did to save the boys and the community for their support which was overwhelming.
“We would like to offer our condolences to Jack’s family at this very sad time and ask for privacy from the media to begin the grieving.”
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