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Elsa the Husky finds a new home after her owner tragically died trying to save her from drowning Elsa the Husky finds a new home after her owner tragically died trying to save her from drowning

From tragedy, a new friendship is formed. You may remember Elsa, the husky. She was owned by Marcia DeWinter.

Marcia was walking her dog on Tuesday at Lincoln Park, when police say, her dog ran out onto the ice and she chased after her. The ice broke, and DeWinter fell through.

On Sunday, Josh, Marcia's son, went to pick up Elsa from SCRAPS where she was being taken care of. Elsa couldn’t stop wagging her tail. Josh found a couple, Dale and Denice Lewis, to adopt Elsa.

“We’ll take care of her and she’ll take care of us,” Dale says.

Dale’s a veteran. He spent three tours in Iraq and is still in the National Guard. The Lewis’s recently lost their dog and close companion, Rio. Then, they saw the news, and wanted to help.

“I feel like I’m doing something good and worthwhile in a sense. It’s a tragic thing what happened and the fact that now she's without a family and at the same token it gives us an addition to our family,” Dale says.

Something the Lewis’s are happy about.

“They offer a lot of companionship for me, for family members, stuff like that,” he says. “You can chum around with them. It’s nice.”

Josh is glad he’s found a good home for Elsa.

“They are certainly giving people,” Josh says. “They’ve had other dogs they've taken care of that needed special help along the way so I think we finally found the right family for her.”

Even though it’s a sad moment, he's glad he can continue his mother’s legacy of giving.

“I’m just happy today and I know my mom would be happy too,” he says. 

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