Dog rescued from SW Miami-Dade canal - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Dog rescued from SW Miami-Dade canal

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Crews came to the rescue of a 6-year-old Labrador after the canine became trapped in a South Florida canal, Thursday.

Princess is now safe, and her family could not be any happier. "We realized this morning when my parents got there. They get here everyday at 6 a.m. I have two dogs, and they normally come out to the door to greet them and nothing," said dog owner Carmen Palacios in tears.

It is unknown where Princess spent the last hour when she left her home near Southwest 64th Avenue and 84th Street, but at around 2 p.m. Thursday... "We got out of the truck, and there were people waving us down," said Palacios. "The dog was in the canal right here, looking up, trying to get out."

Princess was struggling to swim when firefighters arrived to help her. "Well, she had that look in her face that really wanted to be helped," said Miami-Dade firefighter Helen Woodmansee. "She had like those puppy dog eyes that looked like she wanted help, and she swam to the dock, and there was a little ledge, and we tried to get her out of there, but we couldn't get her out either, and so I held her up against the ledge so she could rest."

Woodmansee and another firefighter wrapped straps underneath the dog and pulled her back on land. "She was dead weight," said Woodmansee. "She stood right up and tried to shake the water off all over us, and she was happy to be out."

With no owners in sight, Animal Services took Princess away for safe keeping. Palacios then noticed 7News was reporting on a story nearby. "I go, how strange that WSVN would be there like by our neighborhood doing a story and I go, imagine if that was our dog, something to do with the dog," said Palacios.

Palacios took a glimpse of the rescue video, and she automatically knew that was her Princess. "Very relieved, very sad because my son is on an overseas trip, and if he came back tomorrow and didn't find her, he would be very sad," said Palacios, wiping tears from her eyes.

Princess' family said this has happened before where she wandered off near the canal. They said in order to keep her safe, they will leave her at Animal Services overnight to receive treatment.
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