Ralphie has a new home thanks to these animal control officers. (Newport Beach Police Photo)NEWPORT BEACH, CA —A stray dog whose call turned into a major rescue operation in Newport Beach now has been rescued permanently, according to authorities. Over one month ago, Newport Beach Animal Control officers were called to assist animal control officers in the rescue of a “scared dog running in traffic,” Newport Beach spokeswoman Heather Rangel reports. The dog, later named Ralphie, had other plans than getting wrangled that day. Find out what’s happening in Newport Beach-Corona Del Marwith free, real-time updates from Patch.Let’s go!Animal Control Officers Nick Ott and Valerie Schomburg attempted to keep the dog out of the street, letting him “tire himself out.” Instead, the 26-pound dog crawled under a car, then climbed inside the undercarriage. “No amount of coaxing would get him to come down,” Rangel said. Officials called in a tow truck to lift the car, and animal control gave Ralphie a sedative to help him relax.Find out what’s happening in Newport Beach-Corona Del Marwith free, real-time updates from Patch.Let’s go!Once he fell asleep, they were able to remove him from inside the car’s inner workings. “Ralphie woke up inside the Newport Beach Animal Shelter,” Rangel says. If not for the persistence of hero officers Ott and Schomburg, Ralphie could have been severely injured underneath the car. After a time, he opened up and showed the staff his true demeanor as a “fun-loving spaniel.” It took 49 days, but Ralphie was rescued, just in time to spend the holidays with his new family. Get more local news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for free Patch newsletters and alerts.Related:California Local HeroesThank (2)Reply (1)Share
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