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Caught on camera: Dog rescued from icy lake

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A Michigan Coast Guard Officer being called a hero after rescuing a dog stranded in a frozen lake.

Officer Tim Putnam swam 200 feet to the pup Tuesday morning when he spotted him in the freezing waters of Betsie Bay.

"I had to push a lot of the ice out of the way, it was pretty exhausting," Putnam told NBC.

Once he reached the dog, Putnam and a fellow officer used a rope to break through layers of ice and pull the pup to safety. The entire ordeal was recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

Animal Welfare League of Benzie County took in the dog, who had no identification or microchip. Owners of the dog claimed her on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes Facebook page.

If the owners hadn't come forward, Putnam said he considered adopting the animal whose life he saved. The lucky pup was nicknamed ‘Betsie' after the bay she was rescued from.

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