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Ashland police rescue dog that fell into river

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ASHLAND, Mass. (WHDH) - A police officer in Ashland took matters into his own hand when he arrived at local pond and found a dog struggling to stay above the water.

Anne, the 5-year-old German shepherd, ran out of her doggy door while her owners were at work. She jumped the fence and ran half a mile before falling into the Sudbury River.

“As we were waiting, on 2 or 3 occasions, the dog tried to climb up on the ice and fell backwards under water,” Ashland Police Officer Chris Alberini said.

Alberini was one of the first on scene, he got there before the fire department.

“I’m the K-9 officer, I love dogs, I couldn't sit there and watch the dog drown,” he said.

Without the fire departments equipment Alberini improvised.

“I take my dog’s leash out of my cruiser and attach it to my belt and figured at least if I go through the ice I wouldn't get sucked down river,” Alberini said.

He crawled out onto the ice, and tried to toss another leash to Anna.

That didn't work so Alberini used an animal control snare pole and pulled the grateful dog to safety.

“You can tell she knew what happened, she was aware she was in trouble and we helped her out,” he said.

Sean O’Malley only got the call after Anna was rescued.

“Fortunately my phone call was that she’s alive and she's fine and they saved her,” he said.

O’Malley said Anna has jumped the fence before but never ran that far away. He said the doggy door she escaped from has now been sealed.
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