Woman Dies Trying to Rescue Dogs From Icy Pond

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    A Fort Worth woman died Monday after she apparently jumped into an icy pond to save her dogs, fire officials said.

    Andrea Benua, 34, and two of her dogs were found shortly before noon in a pond on the 7300 block of San Diego Trail in North Fort Worth.

    Woman Dies Trying to Rescue Dogs From Icy Pond

    [DFW] Woman Dies Trying to Rescue Dogs From Icy Pond
    A Fort Worth woman died after spending at least an hour and a half in frigid pond, fire officials say. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010)

    A passerby spotted a dog wandering around the neighborhood pond and called Animal Care and Control. Animal control officers found a woman's coat and phone on the bank of the pond. Suspicious, they called search and rescue to search the pond.

    Rescue personnel found the woman and two of her three dogs in the water at about 11:45 a.m. Rescuers tried to revive the woman as they went to an area hospital.

    Benua was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith Hospital at 3:09 p.m., the Tarrant County Medical Examiner said.

    The two dogs also died.

    Friends at the scene said Benua was probably walking her dogs, as she does every day. Investigators said they believe the woman jumped into the water to save the pets.

    "Well, they don't have any children, so their dogs are their children," said Warren Cronin. "They're real dog people and just love dogs and rescue dogs and do what they can for animals."