Dog rescued from under light rail on July 4 waiting for family at animal control shelter

TEMPE, AZ - A dog is with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control after being rescued from underneath a light rail train in Tempe following a July 4 fireworks show.

The dog, a German Shepherd/Chow mix about 2 years old, was spooked by the fireworks at Tempe Town Lake and ended up underneath light rail tracks.

The light rail driver was able to stop without hitting her, but it took a long time for crews to rescue her from beneath the train.

Resolving the issue created a large traffic and light rail delay took place on the busy night in Tempe, but luckily light rail service and traffic resumed and the dog was able to be freed.

Tempe Police say they plan for all different types of circumstances and problems, but this was something they didn't expect.

She wasn't hurt during the ordeal, but the dog, now named Sparkle, is recovering at the shelter.

She was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip, so there is no way to find her owners.


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