Puppy rescued from Tempe canal adopted by family

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – The puppy that captured hearts all over the Phoenix metro area after he was rescued from a Tempe canal will be going home Tuesday. Shamus went up for adoption at the Arizona Humane Society and one family is taking him home.

James and Liliana Marcos were the first in line to meet Shamus and are the ones taking him home. They have another pet at home so Shamus will have someone to play with.

Firefighters with the Tempe Fire Department saved the corgi-mix from certain death when they plucked him from a canal pipe not far from Medtronic Microelectrics Center near 52nd Street and University Drive back in January.

The puppy, which was probably born in the pipe, was taken to an emergency vet clinic and then eventually transferred to the Arizona Humane Society's Second Chance Animal Hospital™.

Vets determined the then-6-week-old puppy to be in good health and put in him in the AHS foster program until he was old enough and big enough to be neutered.

While in foster care, AHS behavior specialist Ashley Feit worked with Shamus on his manners and basic training.