Rescued Chihuahua back on its feet

Hollie Poma, a kennel technician for Mesa County Animal Services, holds a rescued Chihuahua on Monday. The dog was pulled from a storm drain last week that was filling with water along South Seventh Street. The tiny canine is doing much better, eating well and wagging its tail constantly.

The Chihuahua that was rescued last week from a storm drain on South Seventh Street is doing well, Mesa County Animal Services officials said.

Animal Services kept the animal for the past week in case its owner showed up to claim it, but that hasn’t happened.

As a result, shelter officials will determine if it can be adopted or should be sent to another rescue center. They said several people expressed an interest after the dog’s story was printed in The Daily Sentinel.

Animal Services Manager Lisa Armour said the dog has some medical issues, but she’s not worried about finding a new home for it.

“Our experience has been that when someone is interested in adopting a dog, they keep checking back,” she said. “Even dogs that have problems, for some reason or another they’ve pulled on someone’s heartstrings, and they’re interested in taking them. That’s always good to know.”

The dog, which appeared to be at least partially blind, was pulled from a storm drain in the middle of the street June 29 after a short rainstorm.

An employee with Los Reyes Restaurant, 811 S. Seventh St., held the dog’s head above the water while another passer-by removed a heavy grate to free it.

Minutes later, an Animal Services officer took it in. The dog had no collar.


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