Pup Saved from Sewer in Jersey City

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    A small dog was rescued by Jersey City firefighters Sunday after it was found trapped under the metal grate of a catch basin.

    Fire Director Armando Roman says it's not clear whether it was thrown away or perhaps just overly curious.

    "It was real dirty and they had to wash it down," Roman told NBC New York.

    Though the animal showed no apparent signs of abuse or malnourishment, the discovery comes less than a month after "Patrick the Miracle Dog" was found stuffed in a plastic bag at the bottom of a Newark apartment building's garbage chute.

    Patrick has gone on to make a recovery, and his owner was charged with four counts of animal abuse.

    There is no indication yet that Jersey City's dog discovery is a case of abuse or accident, but Fire Director Roman indicated the firefighters from Engine Company 8 were happy that instead of rescuing a cat from a tree, they could save a dog from the sewer.

    The female dog is now at the Liberty Humane Society shelter in Jersey City, where a worker said there are no signs of abuse.

    She described it as a poodle, possibly around four years old, with no visible signs of abuse, but also no identifying tag.

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