A golden retriever plucked from a Southwest Miami-Dade canal after being spotted in distress was recuperating Tuesday with the help of a South Florida rescue group, according to Miami-Dade Animal Services.
The retriever — named Lily by animal services — was “completely exhausted” by the time she was brought to shore, said Miami-Dade firefighter Rick Redoso.
“She basically collapsed,” he said.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue workers — trained for large animal rescues — responded after people in the area of Southwest 144th Street and 157th Avenue called 911.
Redoso said the dog was about 100 yards from the shore and the water in the canal was very deep. The crew quickly decided to send a diver into the water to get the dog.
“There was no way for her to get out without help,” he said.
The tired and cold dog was then taken to Miami-Dade Animal Services where she was checked for a microchip. Spokeswoman Lilian Bohorquez said the chip was not registered, so an owner could not be found.
A veterinarian checked Lily and determined that she could be as old as 10 and she has a hip problem.
By Tuesday afternoon, Labrador Retriever Rescue of South Florida picked Lily up to help her recover from the ordeal.
“She hopefully will get the help she needs,” Bohorquez said.