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Fire fighters rescue elderly dog from river

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ALMA, MI (WNEM) -

A pair of Mid-Michigan fire fighters are being called heroes after they rescued a dog from the Pine River.

On June 17 two dogs, a younger one and an elderly dog, were playing near the Pine River in Alma. The dogs ended up in the river and the younger dog was able to climb out, but the elderly dog could not, police said.

The owner of the dogs attempted to rescue the animal, but they were unsuccessful and called the Alma District Fire Department.

When the fire department arrived to the scene on the 1400 block of Michigan, the elderly dog was holding onto a branch with its front legs, struggling to stay afloat, police said.

Lieutenant Bailey and Engineer Frost, from the fire department, climbed into the river and performed a water rescue. They were able to successfully retrieve the dog, police said.

The dog was returned to its owner.

The fire department was assisted at the scene by the Alma Police Department and Gratiot County Animal Control.

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