Blind and deaf dog rescued from Dorset river after fall

A blind and deaf 18-year-old dog was pulled to safety after falling into a Dorset river.

The Border Collie-cross was out walking with its owner when it fell 10ft (3m) into the River Stour, near Tuckton Bridge, Christchurch Harbour.

Crews from Southbourne Coastguard and Mudeford RNLI were called to help rescue the animal, named Boxy, just after 2000 BST on Wednesday.

After the dog was rescued it was kept warm but did not need any treatment.

"They put him in the coastguard vehicle and warmed him up, but by the time they arrived at the vet he was already wagging his tail," a spokeswoman said.

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