Jul 042012

By Linda Kor —

A dog that managed to get itself into a tar and oil vat in the Snowflake town yard last Tuesday is recovering, thanks to quick thinking town employees and Pet Allies of Show Low.

At approximately 8:36 a.m. on June 26, the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department received a call that a dog had fallen into the vat and could not get back out on its own, so two town employees came to the rescue. Terry Cooper jumped in and dragged the dog to safety, while Dana Oakley assisted in getting the dog out when Terry’s leg became stuck on an object.

The dog was covered from head to toe with road surfacing tar and oil. Animal Control Officer (ACO) Paul Beatty was dispatched to assist. Beatty was able to load the dog up in the ACO truck and into the shade. Beatty then contacted Pet Allies of Show Low, who often work together in saving and finding foster homes for pets. Pet Allies agreed to help clean the tar off in an effort to save the dog and it was immediately transported to Show Low, where the tar and oil was removed.

At press time, the dog owner remained unknown. Anyone who may be missing a dog from the area of Fourth West and Fifth South in Snowflake should contact Beatty at the STPD at (928) 536-7500.

The police department would like to acknowledge and thank the town employees, ACO Beatty and Pet Allies for their quick response. They were all instrumental in saving this animal’s life.