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Md. Man Hospitalized After Jumping in Icy River to Save Dog

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An Annapolis man was hospitalized after he jumped into an icy river in a failed attempt to save his dog.

Anne Arundel County Police responded to an Annapolis home Wednesday to find 77-year-old Vytas Penkiunas chest-deep in the South River, looking for his 1-year-old black Labrador retriever, named Sweets.

Police say Penkiunas found Sweets just after they persuaded him to get out of the water. Penkiunas grabbed Sweets and was walking toward the shore when police say he fainted. Police then pulled both him and Sweets from the river.

Police began administering first aid to Penkiunas to limit the risk of hypothermia. He was treated and released from a hospital.

Though police tried to give CPR to Sweets, they say she was under the water too long and didn't survive.

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