A dog that was dramatically rescued from the rain-swollen Los Angeles River will be reunited Thursday for the first time with the firefighters who plucked him from the water.
Lucky, an 18-pound Welsh corgi mixed breed, somehow wound up in the fast- moving river on Jan. 30 when an unexpected storm slammed parts of the Southland.
Rachel Dalby first spotted the pup in the water and called authorities, who sent rescue crews to the scene near the Cahuenga Pass. Los Angeles Fire Department crews eventually located the dog, and a helicopter crew lowered a firefighter into the water.
The rescue worker was able to grab the dog and hang on to him as the helicopter lifted both to safety. The ride out of the river was a windy affair, with both twisting dramatically before they were lowered back on dry land.
The dog was taken to Los Angeles’ North Central animal shelter in Lincoln Heights and checked out. Authorities then waited to see if the dog’s owner would claim him. The dog had a collar, but was not microchipped.
Dalby, however, had her eyes on adopting the pooch, but she couldn’t take him home until after a waiting period to allow his owner to come forward.
With the dog still unclaimed on Feb. 5, however, Dalby finally got her wish and was able to adopt the roughly 6-year-old pooch.
“When I saw him in the water, instantly I wanted to take him home. That was it,” Dalby said when she adopted Lucky.
Dalby and Lucky will visit the dog’s rescuers at the LAFD Air Operations center. During the visit, they are expected to receive a surprise gift from the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.
— City News Service
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