Shelter volunteers rescue dog from Phoenix canal

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Del was rescued from a Phoenix canal By Jennifer Thomas Del was rescued from a Phoenix canal By Jennifer Thomas
Animal shelter volunteers rescued a little dog from the Grand Canal By Jennifer Thomas Animal shelter volunteers rescued a little dog from the Grand Canal By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Volunteers from a Phoenix animal shelter rescued a little dog from a canal on Thursday.

While walking shelter dogs Thursday morning, volunteers from the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA saw what appeared to be a brown garbage bag floating in the SRP Grand Canal near 40th and Washington streets.

As they got closer, they realized it was a brown dog.

One of the volunteers went back to the shelter to get help.

Mike Jensen, animal control manager, and Larry Conchos, facilities technician, came to the rescue with a catch pole. They lowered themselves into the canal and carried the dog to safety.

According to spokeswoman Tina Eacret, the dog was very frightened, anxious and full of fleas.

It is not known whether the dog was thrown into the canal or accidentally fell in.

The Grand Canal is approximately 22 miles long and goes from Glendale to Phoenix. The dog could have traveled some distance away from where it was found.

Eacret said the dog was named Del after the three volunteers who helped rescue her -- Duane, Erin and Laura.

AAWL/SPCA is holding Del for medical reasons. She will be treated and put up for adoption if no one comes forward to claim her.