Pittston puppy home safe with family after plunge into icy bog

Posted Feb. 20, 2012, at 7:50 p.m.

PITTSTON, Maine — A puppy rescued Sunday from the icy waters of a local bog was returned to its family Monday after spending the night at an emergency vet clinic in Lewiston, according to the Gardiner Fire Department.

The 6-month-old black Labrador retriever and an adult black German shepherd were rescued Sunday afternoon from an icy bog by Pittston and Gardiner firefighters, according to the Kennebec Journal.

The two dogs were spotted about 5:30 p.m. floundering in the water by people walking on Route 194 near the old grange hall, Pittston Fire Chief Jason Farris said Monday.

He did not release the name of the owner.

The bog is between 2 and 6 feet deep in different spots, he said.

“We called Gardiner rescue and they came with their ice rescue sled and cold-water suits and they went out and rescued the dogs,” Farris told the Kennebec Journal on Monday. “One of the dogs got out and ran. The other one was so hypothermic it couldn’t move.”

The German shepherd managed to free himself and ran to a house on Stone Road, about a mile from the bog, according to Farris. Firefighters pulled the puppy from the frigid water and tried to warm it up with heat packs and blankets. A Gardiner firefighter took it to the Lewiston clinic.

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