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Puppy Rescued From Drain Up For Adoption

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Sunday is a big day for fans of a puppy that was stuck in a Dallas storm drain. Stormy, the dog, will be up for adoption in a special lottery held by the people who saved him. Stormy was rescued Monday after more than a week in storm sewer slime. Four days and two baths later, he’s a little love bug.

Stormy’s rescue sparked interest across America. His barking was heard in the drain for nine days, but he eluded repeated attempts at rescue, even as his mother paced nearby. Finally, Dallas Animal Services put a mobile camera in the storm sewer to locate him, and with a little food in a live trap, brought him out to safety.

“Stormy is doing great,” says veterinarian Dr. Cate McManus, who is head of operations for the Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center. “He’s totally warming up and loves everyone he meets, and loves dogs. He’s doing really well.”

(credit: Dallas Animal Services)

(credit: Dallas Animal Services)

In fact, DAS rescued Stormy’s entire family, who were all strays. Two siblings are up for adoption Sunday, along with Stormy. Mom and Dad are harder to place, according to Dr. McManus. “Dad is slowly coming around, seeking attention and wagging his tail for us. I think Mom is going to be a little bit slower to come around and is really going to need to be in an environment where she can learn to trust someone.” The father appears to be a Wire Haired Terrier mix and the mother is a Lab and Great Pyrenees mix.

The plucky puppy’s story may save many other animals. On any given day the shelter has 400-600 animals, according to Dr. McManus.

“Our intake has been, unfortunately, still very high considering the season. About 80-100 animals a day.” It’s hoped interest in his welfare will move people to interact and hopefully adopt other dogs here. Giving them a chance to grow and blossom like Stormy.

“I think Stormy is going to be a very confident dog,” according to the vet. “He seems very open to new experiences, so I think he’s going to be a really great pet.

Dallas Animal Services reopens Saturday. People interested in the Stormy lottery actually have to be on the premises at noon Sunday. But there are really no lottery “losers,” because there are hundreds of other dogs there looking for “forever homes.” The facility is located at 1818 North Westmoreland at Interstate 30 in West Dallas.

For more information on the Stormy lottery or the Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center click here.

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