Dog trapped under light rail tracks on Fourth of July to be 'rehabilitated' before adoption

BUCKEYE, AZ - Fourth of July fireworks bursting through the night sky didn't make one Valley pup happy when she hid and was trapped under a light rail train

"Sparkle," who stopped traffic on the holiday, has found a new temporary home that will rehabilitate her, according to a spokeswoman with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. 

"We had no intention of euthanizing her," said Melissa Gable.

Gable said because of Sparkle's need for socialization and extreme shyness, the shelter decided it wouldn't be a good fit to put the dog up for adoption just yet.

H.O.M.E. Animal Rescue in Buckeye will be taking the dog into their care Thursday afternoon where they will rehabilitate Sparkle so that she can one day become adoptable. 

According to Gable, no one claimed the Chow/Shepherd mix while in Maricopa Animal Care and Control's care, but someone did inform the shelter that the dog had been a regular neighborhood stray for at least three years in the Papago Park area. However, Maricopa County officials aren't sure if this is the same dog, since Sparkle was found on University Drive and Rural Road.



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