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Fargo firefighters save dog from icy Red River

Fargo firefighters pull a shivering black Labrador named Jake out of the Red River on Thursday. Photo courtesy Fargo Fire Department

FARGO - Fargo firefighters rescued a black Labrador named Jake on Tuesday after the animal got stuck on ice in the Red River near the El Zagal Golf Course.

The dog's predicament was reported about 3 p.m. by someone walking their own dog near the river. When firefighters arrived, the Lab appeared to be stuck on the edge of the ice and trying to get back to shore, according to a news release.

Firefighters, wearing water rescue suits, quickly retrieved the animal. Jake was turned over to the Fargo Police Department's animal control, which returned him to his owner.

The owner, reached by his cellphone, was already scouring the area to find the dog, and told authorities that Jake got after his invisible fence quit working.

Assistant Fire Chief Larry Schuh, who has Labradors of his own, said firefighters rescue one or two dogs each winter from frigid waters. Labradors are especially drawn to the area's rivers.