A mother-of-three has drowned after falling through a frozen pond while trying to rescue her dog.
Tracy Cashman, 38, had taken her Goldendoodle Lola for a walk near her home in Wyoming, Michigan on Saturday night.
Cashman, who regularly walked her beloved dog at Battjes Park, failed to return home.
The wet dog made her way back home alone at about 9pm.
Cashman’s family said they thought she must have been out looking for the dog and went to the park to look for her themselves, ABC13 reports.
They called police at midnight to report her missing after they found it difficult to search for her in the dark.
Police said rescue crews immediately went to the park and found Cashman’s body in the frozen pond.
First responders rescued her from under the ice but she had already died.
They believe she fell through the ice as she tried to rescue her dog.
‘The dog came back and she didn’t and I figured she was just looking for the dog so I waited and I guess I waited too long,’ her longtime boyfriend Jerome See said.
Her mother Rhonda Moore said it was no surprise to hear she was heroically trying to save her dog given she had a heart of gold.
‘She wasn’t foolish. You know what? She acted on instinct because she had such a big heart,’ says Moore.
‘That dog… any dog, any cat would be just like another kid to her.’
Cashman leaves behind a 19-year-old son and two daughters aged 18 and 12.
Her family have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the funeral costs.
SOURCE: Dailymail, by Emily Crane