A rescue operation was launched after a 12-week-old puppy fell into the River Tyne this morning.
Fire crews were called when the German Shepherd chased a bird and slipped into the water on the Gateshead side of river, underneath the Redheugh Bridge.
Firefighters from Gateshead and Fossway stations arrived at around 8.30am to find the puppy struggling in the river.
The dog’s owner coaxed the pet out of the water onto the muddy bank which allowed fire crews to reach the dog and carry it to safety.
The dog was not injured and returned home with its owner.
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