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Dog rescued after 2 hours at bottom of Ill. well

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 11:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 12:01 p.m. CDT

STANDARD, Ill. – A dog fell 23 feet into a northern Illinois well, then dog-paddled for two hours until firefighters could hoist him to safety.

It happened Saturday near the tiny Putnam County town of Standard when a Goldendoodle named Doogie ran to greet a worker who had opened the top of the family's well to inspect it.

Homeowners Arch and Judy Hopkins called the ordeal "horrifying."

Doogie alternated between swimming and extending his legs to wedge himself from wall to wall while firefighters figured out how to get him out.

They feared he might fall again if they used a harness made for people.

Eventually he was hoisted out after a firefighter rappelled into the well and got the dog into a mesh body bag, which allowed water to pass through.

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