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Mar 1, 2016 4:59 PM

WATCH: Derry firefighters rescue dog after it falls through thin ice

DERRY - A resident is thankful for the quick response of the Fire Department after her brother's dog feel through the ice Tuesday.

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Bernadette Trafton posted a video to Facebook of the rescue in which firefighter Jason Case suited up and jumped into the body of water near Sheldon Road.

Derry firefighters said they call came in at 9:48 a.m. and they arrived on scene in seven minutes.

Trafton said she and her sister-in-law heard screeching when they noticed the dog had escaped the yard, which has a fence around it. Trafton chased the dog down to the water trying to entice him back into the yard with a stick.

The video shows Case swimming out to Zeus, who is a Blue Heeler, and pulling him from the water and back up to dry ground. Derry fire said Tom Small also suited up to help out Case.

Trafton said Zeus's teeth chattered for about an hour after he was rescued but he is now doing much better.

Thin ice has been a problem in New Hampshire this year.

However, despite the warmer temperatures this year, the Derry Fire Department said it has not had more calls than usual about dogs falling through the ice.

Firefighters said Trafton did the right thing by calling 911 and urge all residents to do the same if a pet falls through the ice rather than trying to rescue the pet themselves.

Vanessa Palange is the Assignments Manager for NH1 News. You can email her at and follow her on Twitter, @VanessaP_NH1.

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