A dog that brought the Metro light rail system to a halt as thousands were leaving a Fourth of July fireworks display Friday night will be transferred to an animal rescue group for rehabilitation.
The dog, named Sparkle by staff at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, is shy and needs socialization, Melissa Gable of MCACC said.
No one claimed the female Chow/German shepherd mix, so she will be sent to H.O.M.E. Animal Rescue in Buckeye on Thursday afternoon, Gable said, adding that the facility has the resources to work on rehabilitating the dog so she might be available for adoption
She said MCACC staff had no intention of euthanizing Sparkle, but didn't feel it would be appropriate to put the dog up for adoption.
The dog was apparently spooked by Fourth of July fireworks and darted under the light rail tracks near University Drive and Rural Road in Tempe, forcing police to stop the light rail, Tempe police Lt. Mike Pooley said.
Officers tried for more than one hour to coax the puppy out.
"This is one thing we didn't plan for," Pooley said.
It happened just as tens of thousands of people were leaving Tempe's fireworks show.
Because of the gridlock, it took officers a while to reach the scene.
Rail workers had to remove part of the side railing to reach the dog, which was scared and partially covered in oil, Pooley said.
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