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Rindge firefighters rescue dog from ice

Firefighters rescued a black Labrador retriever that fell through the ice and into a shallow creek near 35 East Main St., on Monday afternoon.

Two black Labrador retrievers owned by Rei Fogg of Rindge were not far from home when one of them fell through a crack in the ice and could not get out of the water on its own, said Rindge Fire Inspector Casey Burrage in an interview with the Ledger-Transcript on Wednesday. The owner was not with the dogs at the time, according to Burrage.

“The other [dog] was trying to help his buddy out of the water,” Burrage said.

Two firefighters came to the dog’s aid, jumping into the waist-deep water with their wet suits on, he said. The dogs were 10 to 15 feet from shore.

“The dog wasn’t very friendly and snipped at the firefighter,” Burrage said of the rescue mission. “Then it ran home.”

A neighbor of Fogg’s, who saw the dogs go out onto the ice, called 911, Burrage said. Firefighters responded immediately, he said, and within 20 minutes had brought the fallen Labrador to safety.

— by Alyssa Dandrea

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