Hope for Paws got a call about a huge Mastiff who was trapped in the LA River with a broken leg. Rescuers from the organization went to the scene to help the big dog. When they got there, the pup wasn’t too happy to see them. As soon as they climbed down, she barked and growled at them.
But the rescuers could see that her leg was swollen, and she needed help. So they used a snare trap to catch her. Unfortunately, the snare wrapped around her muzzle instead of her neck, but the Hope for Paws workers were able to calm her down and let her know that she was safe.
Next, they had to go through the hard word of getting the dog out of the river. The Los Angeles Fire Department arrived and lent assistance in tying ropes and raising the dog in a cage out of the river and onto a bridge. Spectators cheered as the pup was saved.
Hope for Paws took her to a vet where they found out she did have a microchip. It turns out that she belonged to a family from Arizona who had visited, and her name was Tinkerbell. The kids in Tinkerbell’s family had been shooting off fireworks on July third, and she got scared and ran. She was found 25 miles away. This story shows just how important it is to keep your dog safe and away from fireworks on the Fourth of July and to microchip your dog. More dogs go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of year. Luckily, this big pup is recovering and being reunited with her family, who are driving over 100 miles to get her. You can check out a full album of the rescue on Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws’ Flickr page here!
Do you make sure your pup is safely far away from fireworks? Is your dog microchipped? Let us know in the comments below!