RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — An animal rescuer, a tire shop and a construction worker saved a Chihuahua from a flooded storm channel in Riverside.

Riverside County Animal Services says Cali Touch Motorsports reported the dog had fallen into a steep wash Feb. 27.

An arriving officer found the Chihuahua trapped on an island of debris.

Animal Services says the officer attempted a rescue with a cat carrier and a rope, but the plan startled the Chihuahua and she plunged into the fast-moving water.

Tire shop workers put a ladder in the water, and dog was able to get on before falling off. The crew grabbed a bigger ladder and a construction worker climbed down and used a rope to secure the exhausted pup.

The dog was treated for hypothermia and is being put up for adoption.


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