When a tourist visiting Los Angeles was passing by the L.A. River, she spotted a large mastiff stuck by the water.
The dog was severely injured and had wandered as far away from where the river met the ocean, but not far enough to avoid eventually getting swept away. She immediately called Hope For Paws, but when they arrived, the dog was extremely scared and tried to run away from them.
“She ran all the way to the water line, and realized that’s not going to work for her,” Eldad Hagar, founder of Hope for Paws, told The Dodo. “She turned around, and charged towards me. When you have 110-pound mastiff running towards you, barking and growling, it’s just not a good thing.”
Hagar now had to secure a gentle snare around the mastiff’s neck, to prevent her from running away. Hagar accidentally got the snare around her muzzle instead of her neck, something that has never happened to him in all his years of rescuing.
Worried she might escape again, Hagar had another rescuer carefully approach them and slip another gentle snare around the dog’s neck, and this time they were successful.
Once they caught the stray, she finally started to warm up to her rescuers, showing that she was truly a sweet dog at heart, she was just very scared. Now, it was time for the dog to be lifted out of the river, and that’s when the fire department arrived on the scene. They lowered a cage down into the river, and while they waited, Hagar bonded with the frightened dog.
“During this time I bonded with her, assured her she will be OK with me, and by the time we were ready to go up, she was totally calm and just allowed us to help her,” Hagar said.
The dog was rushed to the vet, where it was discovered she had a microchip and her name was Tinkerbell. Rescuers learned Tinkerbell was 10-years-old, and her family had been looking for her since they visited California with Tinkerbell and she ran away after being scared by fireworks.
Tinkerbell was so frightened that she ran 25 miles away from where her family was.
Once Tinkerbell’s fractured leg healed, her family drove from Arizona to California to be reunited with their sweet dog.
This rescue not only touched our hearts, but the reunion made it that much sweeter.
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[Featured Image Credit: YouTube- Hope For Paws – Official Rescue Channel]