A VERY lucky little dog has been adopted by a kind hearted bus
driver from Wigan who read about her dramatic rescue from a canal
in Salford on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Lottie, a black and white cross breed was taken into the care of
the RSPCA, who had called for assistance from GMFRS in December
after the dog got stuck precariously on a canal sluice gate in
When 45-year-old bus driver Stephen Owen read about Lottie's
rescue, he decided that he could provide a loving home for her
after her ordeal, and on Sunday, March 31, Lottie's new owner took
her on 'walkies' to Eccles Fire Station to reunite her with the
fire crews that saved her life.
"When I saw what had happened to Lottie, I couldn't believe it,"
said bus driver Stephen Owen, "My heart went out to her - she'd
been through such a lot. I read about her on the GMFRS website and
thought about her for weeks because I knew I could give her a good
"I tracked her down to Leigh Cats and Dogs Home and she is a
lovely little dog who just needed a new start in life.
"I really wanted to take her to the fire station to thank the
firefighters who saved her life and show them that there was a
happy end to the story. It was fantastic to see her with the fire
crews, wagging her tail and fitting that she got to meet the people
that save her life again."
It's unclear how Lottie got stuck on the canal gate on Tuesday,
December 1, 2012, but it's thought she had fallen into the water
and been swept down to the gate by the water.
The black and white cross breed, thought to be around
three-years-old, was taken into the care of the RSPCA, because her
owner could not be found, and from there, after reading about
Lottie's ordeal on the GMFRS website, Stephen stepped in to adopt
Watch Manager Jon Stewart, from Green Watch, said: "It was
fantastic to get a call saying Lottie had been adopted and even
better when we heard that her new owner wanted to bring her to
visit us at the station.
"The rescue was back in December but I remember it well - she'd
had made her way into a pretty dangerous part of a canal automatic
sluice gate in Irlam.
"We had to work against the clock because the gate works
automatically to maintain the water levels and they can only stop
the gate for an hour.
"It was about 30ft down from a foot bridge so we had to lower a
ladder down before sending rescue crews down to collect her.
"We used a noose to secure Lottie - she was in quite a
precarious position, then we could pull her up. She was cold and
wet but in a reasonably good condition considering what it had gone
"She looked a lot healthier at the station and that was great to
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