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Man, 77, falls into icy water while rescuing dog

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He fell through the ice while trying to rescue his dog. Minutes later, the 77-year-old man needed emergency help himself. It happened Tuesday morning, outside of Pandora, Ohio.

Pictures from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office show the aftermath of the desperate rescue.

Officers say Stanley Newton fell through the ice on his pond during an attempt to save his dog, a Labrador that had fallen in moments earlier.

His wife immediately called 9-1-1. When deputies arrived, they used a ladder and tied sheets together to pull Newton to shore.

After being in the icy cold water for nearly 30 minutes, the 77-year-old man was unconscious.

Putnam County Sergeant Brad Nelson says rescue workers were unable to revive Newton right away, but they were able to get him breathing again at the Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center.

Putnam County deputies say this was the fifth water rescue they've had this winter and the mild temperatures and weak ice are partly to blame.

"The water at this time of year is very cold, and you really only have minutes, you know, to act to try to save yourself," Sgt. Nelson says. "Every minute counts."

In this case, deputies were on scene within minutes to save a man who had already saved his dog.

At last check, Newton was listed in critical condition. His dog is expected to be fine.

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