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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014, 10:36 A.M.

Post Falls Rescuers Save Dog ‘Bridger’

Kootenai County Fire and Rescue Lt. John Ward gives water to the injured dog that was found in an irrigation ditch at Falls Park in Post Falls on Monday. (Courtesy photo: Post Falls Police Department)

The injured yellow Labrador found motionless in a ditch at Falls Park on Monday would've died without intervention, rescuers said Tuesday. The male dog was spotted by a pair of teenage hikers in a 6-foot-deep part of Corbin Ditch, and rescued by Post Falls Police and Kootenai County Fire and Rescue. As of Tuesday, the dog's owner was unknown. Police have named him "Bridger" in the interim. He was found near Avista Utilities' one-way bridge and the restored Corbin Ditch headgate. "The dog was extremely dehydrated," Post Falls police Chief Scot Haug said. "I think it would have died had someone not called." With the rough terrain, KCFR Lt. John Ward said, the dog wouldn't have been able to get out on his own/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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