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Terrier Puppy Rescued from MacArthur Park Island

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A small, all-white terrier mix puppy was zip-lined to safety Thursday morning after the dog was stranded and shivering on the island found in the middle of the shallow man-made lake of MacArthur Park.

Los Angeles animal control officers said they didn't believe the call at first.

"I had to come out and see for myself before sending somebody out because it didn't seem possible," said Armando Navarrete with Los Angeles Animal Services.  "When I got here, I saw a little terrier stranded, huddled between the palm trees trying to stay out of the water."

Animal control swam out to the puppy and set up a zip line to shimmy the small dog back to shore without getting him wet.

The dog's owners saw him on the news and went to the animal shelter to claim him.

Edna Gonzalez, the dog's owner, said through a translator that the dog got loose from their home near MacArthur Park and could not be found.

"His name is Toy," said Gonzalez's sister in law, Andrea Pivrall.  "He just started running, running, running and we lost him.  We looked for him for four hours."

The dog needs to be neutered and micro-chipped before he will be released and Gonzalez said she needs to get the money together to pay for that all. 

She is hopeful to pay by Friday and to have Toy back in her home by the end of the weekend.

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