Dog saved from canal, cat injured in fire recovering at AHS hospitals

PHOENIX - A dog saved from a Phoenix canal Friday morning and a cat injured in an apartment fire last week are recovering at Arizona Humane Society hospitals.

At about 9 a.m., AHS Emergency Animal Medical Technicians pulled out a 10-year-old Labrador mix from a canal near 43rd Avenue and Osborn Road in Phoenix.

The Arizona Humane Society received a call from a Good Samaritan who saw the dog in the canal. When EAMTs arrived at the scene, the person who reported the incident was no longer there, said Bretta Nelson, an AHS spokeswoman.  

Medical technicians rescued the dog, but he was weak and shivering from the ordeal, Nelson said. AHS veterinarians are now attempting to raise the dog’s body temperature.

The dog is not micro chipped and has no collar. AHS hopes that the owner will come forward during his 72-hour stray period. Nelson said the dog is older and has only one eye.

 A 4-year-old cat named Bella is also recovering at an AHS hospital after suffering first-degree burns to her paws during an apartment fire last week, Nelson said. The cat also suffered burns to her stomach and a piece of plastic melted on her skin.

Bella will be referred to an AHS foster program as her family lost everything in the fire and are unable to keep her, Nelson said.

Anyone interested in adopting Bella when she heals from her injuries can contact AHS at 602-997-7585 extension 2045 or visit www. azhumane.org/foster

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