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City worker rescues dog from river

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As of Wednesday evening SCRAPS said the dog's owners have not shown up to claim her. As of Wednesday evening SCRAPS said the dog's owners have not shown up to claim her.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A little puppy was rescued from the Spokane River on Tuesday at Riverfront Park. 

She was found in the a decorative stream which is near the Skyride, and while the water is only about two and a half to three feet deep, it's cold.  I checked the temperature Wednesday evening and it was just 47 degrees. 

That little dog was found paddling around in the water and rescued by a guy who says he was just doing his job. 

"I just took off my boots and hopped in and grabbed it," says Zach Agman. 

Agman is a Riverfront Park maintenance employee, but that's just a seasonal job.  He also works for the forest service.  Last year he helped battle the Kaniksu complex wildfire, so he's no stranger to being a hero. 

When some park visitors flagged him down to let him know a little dog was stuck in the water at Riverfront park he didn't hesitate to help.    

"I didn't know how long it had been in there and it was a pretty tiny dog so I figured why waste time if I can just hop in there," says Agman. 

He pulled out the puppy that SCRAPS says is between 6 to 8 months old… and the rescue was just in time.   

"When that sun goes away and we have the breeze, it gets cold fast and being wet doesn't help," says Agman.  "I was warming up my feet for about twenty minutes afterward." 

Nobody seems to know how she ended up in the water but she sure has a lot of people who want to take care of her now, including the man who rescued her.   

"I have another dog and I think he'd like a little company," Agman tells KHQ. 

As of Wednesday evening SCRAPS said the dog's owners have not shown up to claim her.  That may be good news for Zach who says he wants to keep her and he's first on the list to get her. 

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