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VIDEO: Drowning dog rescued by Chicago cop

Chicago police officer Juan Farris reaches down to pull up a frightened dog who fell into Lake Michigan early Tuesday. (Source: CNN) Chicago police officer Juan Farris reaches down to pull up a frightened dog who fell into Lake Michigan early Tuesday. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) - A quick-thinking Chicago policeman responded immediately when a dog fell into Lake Michigan on Tuesday morning and was unable to get back on land.

A news helicopter from WLS was on hand to report on a nearby multi-vehicle accident when the crew saw the dog slip into the water on the lakefront. The rescuing officer was one of many who had responded to the accident about 40 minutes earlier.

The police think the dog probably ran away from one of the vehicles involved in the wreck. The helicopter crew filmed it leaning over the concrete wall, trying to drink the water, when it fell in. Though the animal flayed and paddled, it could not reach the top of the wall to hoist itself to safety.

Juan Farris, a probationary officer who responded to the call, raced over, spread himself out on  the ground and hoisted the struggling dog out of the water. Other officers came to help and Farris and another called animal control.

The frightened dog scurried along the edge of the lake, but eventually they coaxed it close enough to put a leash on it. The officers put the dog in a police SUV and drove off. 

They are now looking for the owner.

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