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Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies Rescue Deer From Lake

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Water Rescue Team saved a deer that was stuck in the middle of Shelley Lake in Spokane Valley Saturday after neighbors called 911. It may sound strange, but the deputies do rescues like this to save the lives of people not animals.

KHQ spoke to the woman who saw the deer and called for help.

“There was this poor little deer struggling on the ice ten feet from the water and I was like oh my gosh, it's going to go in, so I said I'm going to call 911,” said Carolyn Gallion who lives on Shelley Lake.

Carolyn says she saw the deer in the middle of Shelley Lake struggling to stand and was worried the deer might drown in the portion of the water that was not frozen. Other neighbors were worried as well. According to deputies, one neighbor was about to take their own small boat out onto the lake and try to rescue the deer themselves before the water rescue team arrived. It is for that very reason that deputies rescue animals. The water rescue team knows people will try to take matters into their own hands to save an animal, which in turn, could put lives in danger.

“People need to understand, if you've seen an animal that's fallen through the ice, an animal usually weighs less than you do, so if they've fallen through the ice odds are that you're going to fall through as well,” said Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Wade Nelson. “The water is very cold and if you're not wearing the proper equipment you'll become a victim very quickly.”

It took about forty minutes for the team to pull the deer to safety. Thanks to their quick work, the deer ran off unharmed.


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