Crews were able rescue a dog from the Los Angeles River on Monday afternoon. This happened in the Studio City region.
The rescue effort of a dog and a woman was reported by the Los Angeles Fire Department at 2:13 p.m., and it wasn’t until just after 4 p.m. that the dog was pulled out of the A fast-moving stream was swollen by a storm.
A woman in her 30s, the dog’s owner, was rescued within 30 minutes but the animal remained in the water.
One firefighter was able to be lowered over the river’s edge using a rope system. LAFD stated that she abandoned the life ring to preserve her dog.
A LAFD air unit dropped a rescuer from an aircraft and secured her. The dog was then followed downriver.
After the dog was found, rescuers were lowered to the scene and the dog was taken into custody. LAFD reported that the terrified animal refused to surrender to the rescuer and broke free.
Ground crews were redeployed to the river while the helicopter tracked the dog. They also attempted another rescue opportunity. LAFD stated that a passerby entered the water at this point.
Sky5 overheard the man appear to leap into the water in order to grab the dog. Although he was able to grab his dog, they were both swept downstream.
The rope was handed down to the man and he managed to grab hold of it. The man was successfully rescued by a rescuer who was lowered into the river.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the man was related to the dog.
LAFD advised people to stay clear of the stream in an effort to save the dog.
The dog continued to navigate the swift waters and was often able, as people watched along the river, to walk in deeper areas. Two rescuers were at least in the water, but the dog ran away.
As firefighters caught up to the dog at Gilligan’s Island Road and Gunsmoke Avenue, the dog tried to get away and run in the opposite direction but it floated downstream. Four rescuers arrived to save the dog from being swept downstream just after 4 pm. They tied a rope around the dog’s neck and pulled him in.
The firefighters secured the dog and brought it to the surface. Crews seemed to have put a muzzle on it, and the dog was seen trying to bite them.
Officials stated that the rescue team transported the bystander, who had fallen in the water earlier, to the hospital with bite wounds from a dog. The rescue that was first performed did not require transport.
This occurred after a storm in late March brought significant rain to the region Monday. For most of Southern California’s valley and coastal locations, rain amounts between 1 and 2 inches were expected.
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