February 07, 2007 Edition

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Cousins rescue
near-frozen collie

Cody Brady (left) and Melanie Workman rescued this collie from a near-frozen ditch last Wednesday.

Kemberly Roberts
TD Intern

A collie dog is safe and warm after being rescued last Wednesday from a near-frozen ditch by two Portia residents.

Due to the falling snow and icy conditions, Cody Brady, 14, who attends Walnut Ridge Middle School, was dismissed from school early. Brady's cousin, Melanie Workman, 26, picked him from school and headed through Hoxie to their home in Portia.

While passing over the concrete bridge on Highway 63 near Heard's Market, Workman thought she saw something in the water below.

Following her instinct, Workman returned to the ditch where, after walking about a half of a mile, she and Brady spotted the dog in the middle of the water. The dog was apparently unable to return to the bank and possibly near death as ice had already formed around the animal.

Workman stated that there was a large pipe extending into the water. She crawled down the pipe in order to reach the dog. After Workman retrieved the collie, Brady assisted in helping the animal and Workman up the bank.

After rescuing the dog, the cousins took her to their home where they, along with Workman's mother, Patricia Warren, administered care to the animal.

Warren stated that she was very proud of her daughter and nephew for rescuing the dog. "They had to go through briars to save it."

"I had to go back to see if it was a dog," Workman said. "I wouldn't have been able to sleep had I left it out there."

Over the weekend, Warren spoke over the phone with a friend, Betty Ward, who lives on Old Walnut Ridge Road. After Warren told her about the rescue, Ward stated that her dog was missing. Ward e-mailed a photo of her dog to Warren. After comparison, Warren determined that the dog that her daughter and nephew had rescued actually belonged to Ward, who lived several miles away from where the dog was found.

"We believe that maybe someone picked [the dog] up, thinking they may have wanted her." Warren stated, "but they realized that she was older or something and decided to drop her off near the ditch."

The rescued dog is now at home with her owners.

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