LEBANON, Ore.-- Lebanon firefighters and water rescue teams saved a stranded dog from the Albany-Lebanon canal on Sunday night.
Police arrived on scene when two citizens were walking by the canal and noticed the dog stranded on a piling support of the railroad trestle between Main Street and Park Street.
Officials determined that personnel would need to enter the water upon arriving on scene.
Officials said two lieutenants crossed the canal to reach the dog. Then, they reportedly secured the dog with a webbing strap around its chest in the event it might break free from their arms.
Afterwards, the dog was carried to shore and scanned for a microchip (it didn't have one), officials said.
The dog was a black mixed-breed and approximately 40-45 pounds.
Officials warn that rivers and canals can appear slow moving and shallow but their beds can be deep with silt and debris which could easily trap a body part and lead to a drowning.