GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A dog rescued from the Tar River Monday afternoon had to be put down, Greenville Police told NewsChannel 12.

According to police, the dog was a stray that fell into the water. A passerby noticed the dog in the Tar River near 1st and Greene Streets in Greenville and flagged down a deputy. The deputy then notified Greenville Police, who sent Animal Control to the scene. Greenville Fire-Rescue also responded.

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Crews pulled the dog out of the Tar River at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, said police. The animal, which had likely been in the water for a long time, was treated for possible hypothermia. But because the dog was in such poor condition, veterinarians decided to put him down, police said.