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Dog Dies After Jumping in Unmarked Ditch With Hot Geothermal Water
KBOI ^ | Glen Beeby

Posted on 07/31/2014 3:08:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A dog died almost instantly Sunday after jumping in an unmarked ditch near Table Rock that had geothermal water in it. The water district is now trying to fix the issue.

The dog's owner had just finished walking on the trails at Table Rock when it went in into the water.

Paul Whitworth's wife Carrie heard a loud yelping and went down to get her dog Jasper out, not realizing the water was around 170 degrees. By the time she was able to get him out of the water it was too late.

"You know he yelped and went out howling. I'm sure it was pretty painful," said Paul. "He was burned. He had really bad burns all over his body. It was a pretty traumatic ordeal."

The pump station at the base of Table Rock supplies geothermal water to hundreds of customers. Normally there is so much demand it doesn't give it a chance to overflow into the ditch.

Due to nearby construction the Boise Warm Springs Water District had to shut off its pumps for safety reasons. This caused the water to build up and flow into the ditch.

Water Board Chairman Patrick Frischmuth said it's so rare it hasn't even happened in recent history. He noted they were discussing the issue just two days before the incident.

"We were actually in discussion about how we need to deal with this exit and trench here because of the public safety threat," said Frischmuth.

They had checked it on Saturday and no water was flowing up, but it ended up flowing up on Sunday when the dog jumped in.

Frischmuth said they are trying to work with the City of Boise to create a piping system that will store it underground like a septic system. Although, when it would be finished remains to be seen.

For now, the district has put up a temporary fence and signs to warn people.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs

1 posted on 07/31/2014 3:08:15 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Was the dog on a leash?


2 posted on 07/31/2014 3:09:49 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: nickcarraway

My yellow lab sees water she is in.


3 posted on 07/31/2014 3:10:45 PM PDT by mware
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To: nickcarraway

And if it had been marked the dog would have read the warning and stayed out?


4 posted on 07/31/2014 3:13:14 PM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Beat me to it.


5 posted on 07/31/2014 3:15:05 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: who knows what evil?

Rarely do I see dogs on a leash when hiking up table rock.


6 posted on 07/31/2014 3:15:09 PM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: nickcarraway
Hmmmmm.. I would think a dog would have the instinct to detect the safety of the ditch/water before going all in.. Poor pooch, but I think he probably went numb just a few seconds after jumping in.. I feel for that family.

This makes me just as sad as that giraffe who hit its head on the freeway overpass and died.

7 posted on 07/31/2014 3:15:20 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: TruthWillWin
And if it had been marked the dog would have read the warning and stayed out?

But of course it would have! Just like criminals obey gun laws!

8 posted on 07/31/2014 3:18:07 PM PDT by dware (3 prohibited topics in mixed company: politics, religion and operating systems...)
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To: nickcarraway

If there had been ample signage, chances are the doggie would’ve just ignored it.


9 posted on 07/31/2014 3:18:36 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign, number sign, or octothorpe. ###)
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To: nickcarraway

Now that was a hot dog


10 posted on 07/31/2014 3:19:52 PM PDT by pennboricua
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To: nickcarraway

Happens in Yellowstone Park occasionally - often it’s a granola on skinny skis (and his dog) who wants to skinny dip mid-winter...


11 posted on 07/31/2014 3:20:39 PM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: ErnBatavia

Signage —

I’ve been told use English only.

If you use any other languages, you must use them all (however many that is).

And if you say Danger, that means you know there is a problem, but if you way Warning, or Caution, then the reader is responsible (or some such interpretation, subject to chante).

So, “Woof, Woof, WOOF!!” = Keep out Danger, HOt Water!


12 posted on 07/31/2014 3:22:53 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: nickcarraway

Unlike the air, water doesn’t require much difference from body temperature to become dangerous.


13 posted on 07/31/2014 3:56:39 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

“This makes me just as sad as that giraffe who hit its head on the freeway overpass and died.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV13yHBif1o


14 posted on 07/31/2014 4:34:52 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: nickcarraway
It's a good thing the owner is more understanding than this angry fellow!
15 posted on 07/31/2014 5:51:35 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: mware

“My yellow lab sees water she is in.”

My lab sees water and it’s World War 3 if you try to get him any closer.


16 posted on 07/31/2014 6:41:43 PM PDT by BobL
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To: pennboricua

“Now that was a hot dog”

Necessary rimshot!


17 posted on 07/31/2014 6:44:46 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: nickcarraway

Darwin doggie, just say’n.


18 posted on 07/31/2014 6:46:36 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: nickcarraway

Hot dog!


19 posted on 07/31/2014 6:50:31 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: nickcarraway

They need to erect signs with a picture of a dog with a red NO circle around it . . . that’ll work. Wait, dogs are color blind aren’t they.


20 posted on 07/31/2014 6:52:22 PM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That too, but it REALLY DID happen recently. So sad.


21 posted on 07/31/2014 11:49:00 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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