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Man who rescued dog from icy Detroit River ordeal adopts him

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ECORSE, me. (AP) – A dog that weathered freezing temperatures and a run-up with a coyote before being rescued from the ice along the Detroit River in February was adopted by the man who saved him.

Jude Mead of J&J Marine in Windsor, Ontario has adopted the dog, who barely escaped death during the four-day icy ordeal that left him with frostbite, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The friends of the River Rouge Animal Shelter said in a Facebook post that they had heard of many people who wanted to give a home to the dog, who is called Alfonso and is also nicknamed Miracle.

However, after a rigorous application process, it was determined that the man who rescued the dog “suits him best”.

“We are all so grateful for this happy ending to this amazing story,” said the post. “Congratulations Jew and family on the addition of the family!”

On February 20, Mead rescued Alfonso after the dog was stranded on an island on the Detroit River. Mead and his team used an airboat that chemical company BASF Corp. allowed them to rescue dogs.

Woodhaven Animal Hospital took care of Alfonso after his international rescue. The dog suffered frostbite that required surgery and was also operated on for hip dysplasia. Veterinarians also implanted stem cells in his joints to prevent pain.

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