Photo courtesy Los Angeles Department of Animal Services
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

A dog rescued from the Los Angeles River during an unexpected, quick-moving storm on Friday remained unclaimed Wednesday by his owner, but the woman who spotted him in the water and called for help is planning to adopt him.

The 18-pound Welch Corgi mixed breed — dubbed “Lucky” by the firefighters who rescued him — had no microchip implanted and bore no identifying tag, said Jan Selder, director of field operations for the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services.

If no one has come forward to claim Lucky by Thursday morning, the woman who wants to take him home is planning to start adoption proceedings the same day at the North Central animal shelter in Lincoln Heights, Elder said.

“We have over 250 other dogs at North Central (shelter) we are trying to find homes for too,” Selder said. “We will have a few of them out and about tomorrow to visit with potential adopters in hopes they will find homes along with Lucky.”

The dog, about 6 years old, was plucked from the water by a paramedic/firefighter who was lowered into the rain-swollen river near the Cahuenga Pass by a fire department helicopter at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Anyone interested in adopting a dog can call the Department of Animal Services at (888) 452-7381. More information about the department is available at

City News Service

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