Rescued Dog Adopted By Woman Who Spotted Him In LA River

LOS ANGELES (CNS/FOX 11) - A dog rescued from the Los Angeles River during an unexpected, quick-moving storm was adopted Thursday by the woman who spotted him in the water and called for help.

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The 18-pound Welch Corgi mixed breed -- dubbed "Lucky'' by the firefighters who rescued him -- had no microchip implanted and bore no identifying tag when he was plucked from the river last Friday, said Jan Selder, director of field operations for the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. His owner never claimed him.

"Lucky was adopted this morning by Rachel Dalby ... the person who saw Lucky in the river and called for help,'' Selder said.

"She and Lucky have bonded over the last few days,'' Selder said. "She came to the shelter every day to visit him, and this morning was a very happy ending to Lucky's story.''

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.

Since then, Lucky had been held 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.

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

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