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Blondie the puppy rescued from island in Oregon river

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A 2-month-old puppy named Blondie stranded on an island in a western Oregon river for about a week has been rescued.

The Register-Guard reports that a Eugene Springfield Fire boat rescue team captured the possible Chihuahua-corgi mix on Friday.

Officials say the 6- to 8-pound dog yelped but soon settled down and snuggled into a towel held by one of the rescuers. Officials say Blondie is in good health.

John Gordon, a 56-year-old homeless man, says he abandoned the island in the McKenzie River about eight days ago amid rising water, but Blondie didn’t respond to his calls to come.

It’s not clear if Blondie will be returned to Gordon. He says he has two other puppies from the same litter.

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