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Police officer, firefighter team up to rescue dog from frozen Raymond river

RAYMOND — A police officer and a firefighter worked together Saturday to rescue a beagle named "Ringo" who had fallen into the icy Lamprey River.

A neighbor saw the dog's distress and called the Raymond dispatch center at 12:20 p.m. "Only the head and the front paws were visible," said Officer Steven McPherson. "He was moving around trying to get himself out."

Fire Lt. Adam Brackett and Police Officer Cory Blancato were first on the scene, off Route 27 behind the middle school. The pair worked their way a short distance out on the ice and Brackett was able to reach the dog and pull him out of the water at 12:29 p.m., getting a little wet in the process, McPherson said.

The two took the dog to Candray Pet Care Center in nearby Candia, where a veterinarian examined it and found Ringo was suffering from mild hypothermia. "But they said he was recovering nicely," McPherson said.

The dog's family lives in the neighborhood and was notified about the incident. McPherson said Ringo was still at the animal hospital under observation Saturday afternoon.

"It was a good combined effort and we're thankful, obviously, that the beagle's doing better," McPherson said. "I'm sure he's grateful."

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