GLENDALE -- A dog that was rescued after falling into a Glendale canal is looking for a new home.
On May 2, a group of kids walking alongside a canal near 51st and Glendale avenues spotted a dog running close to the water then it was gone, swept away by the fast-moving water.
When the Arizona Humane Society emergency animal medical technician arrived on scene, the dog had managed to get into a side tunnel that only had about 6 inches of water. The tunnel was covered by a metal grill belonging to Salt River Project so they were called to assist with the rescue.
The canal waters were rushing past the dog so quickly that the AHS medical technician called Dave Bremson of Maricopa County Mountain Rescue to assist with the rescue. Bremson was finally able to lift the scared, shy dog from the canal.
The 2-year-old male pointer suffered minimal injuries. His nails were damaged and he was shaken up by the ordeal.
The animal was taken to the Arizona Humane Society where staff scanned for a microchip and attempted to find his owner. No one claimed the dog, nicknamed Copper because of the rust debris on his nose from the tunnel cover, and he is awaiting a new home.
"Copper is a lucky dog to have come out of a situation that could have easily ended much worse," said AHS spokeswoman Kimberly Searles. "Now we just need to find this sweet dog a good, loving forever home to make his happy ending complete."
Copper is available for adoption at the AHS adoption and retail center Petique at the Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback Road. His adoption fee is $110 and includes his neuter surgery, vaccinations, a free follow-up veterinary exam, collar and ID tag, and a leash. Petique is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.