A recovery team from the Evergreen Metro District on Tuesday retrieved the body of a dog that had fallen into Evergreen Lake on Sunday night and drowned.
The team had tried on Monday to reach the body, but it was lodged against the top of the spillway, and the technicians couldn’t safely reach it at the time, said Gerry Schulte, executive director of the water district.
The older, female dog — thought to be a lab or collie mix — was extremely confused and disoriented and couldn’t see or hear anyone, said officer Chana Guy with the Jefferson County Animal Control Division.
“She didn’t know she was walking into the water. She was in the water maybe a minute, and she wasn’t that far from where she could get out, but it was like she didn’t know how to swim,” Guy said.
The animal wore a collar and a tag, and the owners have been notified.
The incident took place in the middle of the night on the north side of the lake on Highway 74 somewhere between Upper Bear Creek Road and the Evergreen Lake Dam.
The first person on the scene was a sheriff’s deputy, Guy said.
The deputy reportedly was trying to corral the dog when she went into the lake.
Removing dead animals from lakes and streams is generally considered the responsibilty of the water provider, Schulte said.
“The state won’t do it,” he said. “The last time it happened was about a year ago when a deer fell into the lake.”