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Coast Guard reunites dog stranded on ice with owner

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Jodi Benchich (right) with KC (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Kim Gordus) Jodi Benchich (right) with KC (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Kim Gordus)
Coast Guard members rescuing KC on Monday (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Coast Guard members rescuing KC on Monday (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
(Press Release) -

The stray dog rescued on Monday afternoon on Lake St. Clair by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay was reunited with his owner Wednesday night.

Jodi Benchich of St. Clair Shores, MI, visited with her 14-year-old pet KC at the veterinary hospital before taking him back home. The dog sustained frostbite on his paws and also lost a significant amount of weight during the time he was lost.

"KC is happy to be back home and is eating everything we give him," said a very happy Benchich. "We're forever grateful to the Coast Guard and hope to be able to thank the crew in person sometime soon."

On Monday, the crew of Bristol Bay spotted KC four miles from shore during ice-breaking operations on Lake St. Clair. The crew then brought him aboard the ship to provide him with food, water and first aid.

"We are all happy this rescue had a happy ending," said Lt. Cmdr. John Henry, Bristol Bay's commanding officer."Although KC was on board for only a day, some of the crew really took a liking to him."

Following the rescue, the Coast Guard published advice to other dogs thinking of venturing out on ice on the official Coast Guard Great Lakes Blog, titled: "Dog Blog: How to avoid a ruff time on the ice."

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