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Within hours, two dogs rescued from icy lakes in Va.

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA9) -- Two dogs in separate incidents got loose and fell through iced over ponds or lakes Wednesday, but will be OK thanks to the heroism of nearby firefighters. 

At around 7:30 Wednesday morning, Tootsie the cocker spaniel got spooked from hearing a siren and fell into Windmill Park Pond off of Ashburn Farm Parkway.

Lt. Chris Kordek with Loudoun County Fire and Rescue had to chip through a quarter of an inch of ice for nearly 75 feet to reach the dog.

"Exhausting, Exhausting but you keep your eye on the prize and make it to the dog."

"When the dog got jerked it bit me on the face because she was scared," Kordek said. 

An hour later and about 10-15 miles east, Kristina Evans heard the first cry from Angel, a 75-pound chow dog.

"It was in the water, half on the ice, struggling to get out," Evans said. 

Evans called 911. Within minutes, Fairfax County Firefighters from Station 25 came to Lake Thoreau off Soapstone Drive. They suited up and with training in ice rescue saved the dog.

Both dogs are doing fine. They were each in the icy water for roughly 10-15 minutes.

Tootsie was being cared for by a dog sitter because the owners are out of town.  While Tootsie may have originally been on a leash, Angel was not.

Firefighters say it would be safer for everyone if dog owners followed the rules and dogs were kept on a leash.

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