He’s being called Lucky, and his rescuers are asking the public’s help in finding his rightful owners

By Drew Mackie
Updated February 03, 2015 09:55 PM

Readers unfamiliar with Los Angeles might be surprised to learn two things: that it occasionally rains in L.A. and that the L.A. River has water in it. But both these facts came into play on Jan. 30, when a sudden downpour swelled the river and swept away a hapless pooch.

After first being spotted in the water near the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, the dog was swept at least three miles south to Glendale. There, KNBC news recorded firefighter John Terrusa being lowered from a helicopter to pluck the dog out of the river to safety.

Now warm, dry and nicknamed Lucky, the dog is recuperating in a Los Angeles area shelter. However, he still needs the public’s help: Lucky has not been claimed by his owners. Described in a KNBC follow-up as a Corgi mix that clearly acts like he has a home, rescuers think the dog’s family may be out there looking for him.

If no one claims the dog by Thursday, he’ll be put up for adoption. Don’t worry about whether Lucky’s streak of good luck will continue. The shelter says they have already received hundreds of calls from families looking to adopt the canine if he isn’t claimed.

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