Woman and dog rescued from mud

Groton—Fire and emergency personnel this afternoon pulled a Groton woman from several feet of mud at Haley Farm State Park after she got stuck attempting to rescue a dog that wandered into the mud.

The woman and dog were uninjured. Crews from Mystic River Ambulance and Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department worked to pull them both from the mud at Palmer Cove at Haley Farm State Park.

The woman was walking a 6-year-old black, Newfoundland dog when it ran into the mud and got stuck. She waded into the mud in an attempt to rescue the dog, which she was dogsitting, but she became stuck in about three feet of mud and started yelling for help.

Two other parkgoers walking their dogs heard the woman and called the fire department, which used a rope to extract the approximately 125-pound dog by its hind legs and also pulled the woman to safety.

"I went down and took a few steps and I couldn't budge," said the woman, who declined to give her name but said she was from Groton. "I screamed for help for about five or 10 minutes and I just felt like crying. Once I heard someone answer me back I was relieved."

Michael Malhoit, who was walking his golden retriever, Oliver James, and his mother's dog, Amara, was one of the parkgoers to find the woman. He said he heard her call for help and ran toward her voice.

He found her waist-deep in the mud and made attempts to pull the dog out before calling the fire department.

Poquonnock Bridge Fire Chief Todd Paige said the call came in at 11:46 a.m. The Noank Fire Department and officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also assisted.

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