Sacto 9-1-1
July 3, 2013
Citrus Heights woman brings home dog rescued from storm drain

dog.JPGA dog abandoned in a storm drain late last month is adjusting nicely to her new home in Citrus Heights.

After the story of the dog was publicized there were plenty of people interested in adopting the little mutt. People were drawn to the plight of the dog who had to be extracted from deep in a storm drain by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District firefighters.

A bicycle cable lock wrapped around her hind legs restricted the dog's movement. The woman who adopted the dog this week can't believe that such a nice dog was treated in such a callous way.

"I don't understand why some people are so wicked," said Vicki Korsak (pictured).

The small dog was apparently forced down the storm drain, a witness told first-responders. Sacramento police gathered information regarding the incident.

Firefighters responded to a field at Power Inn and Calvine roads about 5:45 p.m. June 23 A firefighter lowered himself 15 feet to the bottom before crawling along to reach the dog.

Korsak saw a story by reporter Ron Jones about the dog on KOVR Channel 13. She liked her the moment she saw the dog in the report.

"I really wasn't aggressively looking for a dog," she said. "But she was so gentle-looking when she was with the reporter. I knew that was the dog for me."

Korsak was first to look at the dog when it came up for adoption Saturday at the Sacramento County animal shelter. As soon as she saw the dog, she agreed to adopt her.

The dog, who was known as Stormie at the shelter, was renamed Honey for her sweet nature by Korsak. She took Honey home on Monday where two Korsak cats are getting used to the new arrival.

The one-year-old dog, who might be part Corgi, was timid at the shelter, but that would not be a surprise given the treatment she has endured.

"She is actually very forgiving and accepting, as are many animals that we encounter that have been abused," according to Tara Diller, an employee at Sacramento CountyAnimal Care and Regulation. Diller said the original owner has not been found.

"She is very, very sweet," said Korsak of her new pet. "She wants to be around me. She really trusts me. And she really liked the people at the shelter."

A co-worker learned that Korsak got the locally famous dog that had to be rescued from the storm drain. She told Korsak that the dog was lucky to go to such a good home.

"I said: 'No, I'm the lucky one.'," Korsak related.

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