A DOG was rescued from a pond in Flixton after becoming trapped under a pontoon.

Firefighters from Stretford Fire Station and the inshore rescue unit from Eccles were called out to Millennium Nature Reserve, Eddisbury Avenue, at 3.50pm on Sunday.

The 19-year-old owner had tried to rescue the dog, Called Magic, from the water himself before calling the fire service.

Firefighters from Stretford pulled Magic free and got him out before the inshore rescue unit arrived.

An ambulance also went to the scene but the dog owner declined any treatment.

Councillor David Acton, chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "Water is dangerous so please keep dogs on leads and away from water - never go in and try to rescue pets, it can be very dangerous."

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