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Dog rescued from Jackson Harbor ice is claimed by owner

A dog rescued after going after a Canada goose on an iced-over Jackson Harbor was reunited with its owner Friday afternoon, an official said.

The dog, a 1-year-old shepherd mix, was about 300 yards out into the harbor when he caught the eye of someone on shore around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said. A team from the Chicago Police Marine Unit arrived in minutes, soon joined by media trucks and helicopters.

Finally, after three hours, police got the dog close enough so city animal control officers could shoot a tranquilizer dart at him. A Marine Unit officer was able to pick up the sleeping animal from the ice and hand it to animal control officers.

The dog had no tags or other identification but police said the dog appeared well cared for.

This afternoon, the owner visited Chicago's Animal Care and Control shelter and claimed the dog, after communicated with city officials in recent days, officials said.

Under standard procedure, the owner was required to have updated rabies tags and have a microchip that provides ownership information embedded under the dog's skin, an official said.

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