Lost Mastiff With Broken Leg Reunites With Family After Running Off, Thanks to Microchip
If not for a microchip, this lost and injured pooch may have been mistaken for a stray.
Tinkerbell, an enormous mastiff, was spotted hobbling along the L.A. River on three paws in Santa Monica, California. Her fourth paw appeared to be broken or injured.
"His leg is so swollen," a rescuer from Hope for Paws can be heard saying in footage shot by the organization.
The mastiff panicked, and started running away, but after a bit of struggle, they were able to catch her and eventually calm her down.
The Los Angeles Fire Department also arrived to lend a hand in the form of a cage, which was lowered into the river to get her out.
She was brought to a nearby animal hospital, where veterinarians found a microchip that explained the pup was from Arizona.
Tinkerbell had been visiting the area with her family a month ago when she was spooked by fireworks, and ran off.
"I told you they'd find her," her owners said during an emotional reunion a few days later.