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Fire crews trying to save dog trapped in L.A. River [Updated]

January 22, 2010 | 12:40 pm
With the rains moving out of Los Angeles, attention was turning to Vernon, where fire crews were trying to save a dog trapped in a channel.

The black dog was clinging to a concrete ledge in the Los Angeles River, with water appearing to rise.

Fire officials tried to rescue the dog by throwing down a float ring, but the effort did not work.

Crews were spreading out on the banks of the river and a nearby bridge, planning another rescue attempt.

The drama was being carried live on television.

[Updated at 12:35 p.m.: A rescuer hoisted down from a chopper rescued the dog, who was taken away in an ambulance.]

--Shelby Grad