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Dog Rescued From Frigid Waters

East Providence, Rhode Island, firefighters made a dramatic rescue Tuesday morning to save a dog that fell through the ice

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    Firefighters worked quickly to rescue a dog that fell through the ice (Published Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015)

    East Providence, Rhode Island, firefighters made a dramatic rescue Tuesday morning to save a dog that fell through the ice.

    A resident heard the cry for help and called 911, while another person caught the whole thing on camera.

    "You could see the dog probably 150 yards from the shore. It was yelping, struggling to stay above the ice," Firefighter Patrick Brassil said.

    Cellphone video captured by Sue Dow-Petersen shows the dramatic video of man's best friend being rescued from the freezing water in East Providence.

    The dog, firefighters said she's named Gismo, fought for her life after she escaped from a nearby home and ended up in the icy water.

    "I ran out in my bath robe, down the dock in my good slippers, all over the goose poop. I just called to him and just said, 'Come on baby, don't go under. Stay up. Stay up,'" Sharon Luoma said.

    Right next to her was a square piece of foam. She almost took the situation in her own hands to save the dog. But the dog held on for dear life, kept its head out of the water, and was brought to land by firefighters.

    "The dog saw me coming up to it and calmed down. And he came over to me, and I kind of gave it a hug. It rested a paw on my shoulder and put its head against mine," Brassil said.

    "That dog has so much heart. That dog wanted to live. It was just absolutely amazing," Luoma said.

    Gismo was treated at Riverside Animal Hospital for hypothermia.

    "I really like to thanks all the firefighters for finding Gismo, who is a great escape artist," the dog's owner said. "She seems a little in pain, but she seems great and ready to go home."

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