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NJ police rescue Labrador retriever from freezing waters

Police found two yellow Labradors near a private pond in Mendham Township, New Jersey. One of the canines stood on the broken ice barking at the other who had fallen in, reports the Daily Record.

Police received a call at 2:25 p.m. on February 14 that a dog was drowning in icy waters. When they arrived, police found the trapped dog "struggling to keep its head above water and fighting exhaustion and the frigid water temperature," according to the news report.

Police used a dog snare to rescue the fallen Labrador.

The animal was so cold that he was unable to walk. Patrolman James Arnesen carried the dog to the police car.

Both animals were treated at the Mendham Animal Hospital. Patrolman Arnesen was accompanied by Sergeant Ross Johnson in the animal rescue effort.

According to DogBreedInfo.com, Labrador Retrievers originate from NewFoundland and were once called "St. John's Dogs." Labradors aided fisherman and were trained to withstand cold waters. Today, Labradors are among the most popular breeds of dogs in the U.S. 
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