Bystanders rescue dog from drain

A bystander holds a Chihuahua, which appeared to be blind, after it was pulled from a storm drain that was filling with water along South Seventh Street.

A Chihuahua was rescued Tuesday after he fell into a storm drain that was filling with water in south downtown Grand Junction.

Witnesses reported seeing the dog, which appeared to be blind, walking in the middle of South Seventh Street before he dropped into the drain near Third Avenue around 5:30 p.m.

An employee with Los Reyes Restaurant lay on her stomach in the gutter next to the drain and tried to keep the dog’s head above water, using a strainer. Trey Hively, who had just returned from an outing along the Colorado River with his dog, pulled the heavy grate out of the gutter, allowing the Los Reyes employee to jump into the murky water and lift the Chihuahua out.

Witnesses wrapped the whimpering, shivering dog in a sweatshirt. A Mesa County Animal Services officer responded and took away the dog, which didn’t have a collar or tags.


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