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Coventry firefighters rescue dog from river during freezing conditions

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Dee DeQuattro


Despite freezing conditions, Coventry Firefighters rescued a German Sheppard from the Pawtuxet River near Laurel Avenue on Friday morning.

Firefighters say they received a call to the Anthony Fire Station from a home on Pilgrim Avenue around 9:30 a.m. reporting a dog in the water.

When fire crews arrived, two firefighters, Private Joseph Hartman and Private Steven Mann, went into the River in survival suits and were able to pull the dog out on a rescue sled. The dog had apparently fallen through the ice and was struggling to get out of the water.

"He was on his last leg. We thought he was going to give up and go under," said Chief Paul Labbadia.

Labbadia said they rescued the dog just in time. The dog had a tag on his collar and the firefighters were able to contact his owners who live on Arbor Way. The owners said the dog got loose and ran after a deer.

The dog is expected to be okay.

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