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Man saves puppy before dying in ND farm septic system

JUD, N.D. — A 19-year-old man died after attempting to rescue a puppy that had fallen into an uncovered portion of a farm septic system in LaMoure County.

Jesse Wagner, 19, died after he went head first into the 18-inch opening to retrieve the puppy, lost his grip and slid about 10 feet deeper into the septic system Saturday, June 10, according to Sheriff Robert Fernandes.

Marie Fisher, Wagner's mother, was unable to extract Wagner from the septic system. The body was recovered at 7:30 p.m., Fernandes said.

Fisher was transported to Jamestown Regional Medical Center. Jud is about 36 miles southwest of Jamestown.

Fernandes said the initial call for assistance was received at about 7 p.m.

"The LaMoure County Sheriff's Department was dealing with a bad domestic," he said. "The Logan County sheriff responded and was the first on the scene."

Jud First Responders and Gackle Ambulance Service assisted the Logan County Sheriff's Department.

The incident remains under investigation, Fernandes said.

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