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Firefighters Rescue Dog From Ice Floating in Cedar River

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Firefighters in Cedar Rapids rescued a dog from a floating piece of ice in the Cedar River Tuesday night.

At about 7:15 p.m., emergency crews responded to a report of a dog stranded on a chunk of ice floating on the Cedar River in the area of Otis Road, south of the Cargill Corn Milling facility.

Firefighters launched a boat carrying two firefighters and an animal control officer. When the crew reached the ice, the dog was frightened and continued to move from side to side of the ice to get away from rescuers.

The animal control officer could not reach the dog and it fell in to the water. The officer was able to grab the dog and lift her into the boat with firefighters' help.

According to the crew, the dog was extremely cold and appeared almost hypothermic. The dog was transported to a local veterinarian for treatment for hypothermia.

The dog was reunited with its owner on Wednesday.

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