A dog had to be put down after being rescued Monday afternoon from the Tar River.
Greenville police say a pedestrian on the Greene Street bridge spotted the dog in the water around 1:30 p.m. and flagged down a passing deputy sheriff. The dog was in the water, and it appeared he was trying to get back onto the bank.
The deputy radioed it in, with Greenville Animal Control and Fire-Rescue quickly arriving with a boat.
After the boat rescue, Animal Control took the dog, which was believed to be suffering from hypothermia, to a local vet.
Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Shannon Terry says it appeared the dog didn't have use of its back legs. She said it was awake and alert.
The vet says the male dog, which they estimate to be about three years old, was treated for hypothermia. Animal Control says they since learned the animal also had a broken back.
Police say unfortunately, the dog was in such poor condition that veterinarians had to make the difficult decision to put him down.
Police say the dog was a stray and fell into the water. They say it's likely he was in the water for quite some time.
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