A tourist was in Los Angeles near the L.A. River when she noticed a big dog stuck by the water. The dog, a Mastiff, appeared to be injured and was walking around near where the river and ocean meet. The tourist knew the dog needed help, and immediately called up Hope for Paws, a rescue in Los Angeles. Rescuers came to the scene to try and get the dog, but she was very afraid and tried to run away.
She ran to the water line, but stopped when she realized there was no possible escape. She turned around and ran back toward one of the rescuers. “When you have a 110-pound mastiff running towards you, barking and growling, it’s just not a good thing,” Eldad Hager, founder of Hope for Paws, told The Dodo.
Hagar was able to secure her with a gentle snare, but it went around her muzzle instead of her neck. Because this isn’t a good enough grip, they were afraid she’d get away. Another rescuer cane and successfully slipped another gentle snare around her neck.
Once she was caught and knew that she couldn’t go anywhere, she calmed down and warmed up to her rescuers. The barking and growling was just a reaction from her being scared; she was actually a very friendly and sweet dog.
Bystanders who watched the rescue called the fire department for further assistance in rescuing the dog. They lowered a big cage down to the river with the plan of pulling the dog up to safety inside of it. While they waited for the fire department, Hagar stayed with the pup, petting and hugging her to ensure her that everything would be alright.
Once they lowered the crate, Hager put her in it with her cooperation, and they were finally able to lift her to safety. Once she was rescued, they immediately rushed her to the vet so that she could be examined. She was extremely dehydrated and had a fractured leg, which was very swollen.
Like they always do with strays, they scanned for a microchip. And much to their surprise, she had one! They discovered that the Mastiff’s name is Tinkerbell and she is ten years old. Her family, who is from Arizona, was visiting California with her when she ran away after being frightened from the fireworks on July 3. She wound up running 25 miles from where she initially was. Her family has been looking for her ever since.
Luckily, the heartbreaking search is over and the family will drive from Arizona to California to pick up their beloved pup once her leg has healed. Aren’t happy endings the best?! If you’d like to give another dog a happy ending, visit www.adoptapet.com.