Lucky, the dog plucked from L.A. River by helicopter, is adopted

Lucky and his new owner
Rachel Dalby spotted Lucky floating down the L.A. River last week. This week, she adopted him.
(L.A. Animal Services)

Amid rain and jagged forks of lightning last week, a small dog washed away in the Los Angeles River.

Almost a week after Friday’s storm, the dog has a new name -- Lucky -- and a new home. He was adopted by the woman who first saw him floating away in the rain-swollen river.

Rachel Dalby spotted the dog in distress on Friday afternoon from the Barham Boulevard overpass, according to the L.A. Fire Department. She contacted authorities, and a helicopter rescue ensued, carried out by city firefighters and park rangers.

Dalby knew right away that she wanted to adopt the dog, said an L.A. Animal Services spokeswoman.


“As soon as he was brought into the shelter, she put her name down for first rights.”

Lucky had no microchip, and his collar gave no owner ID. On Thursday, Dalby adopted Lucky, who had recovered from the hypothermia he suffered in Friday’s incident.

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