Orange County Government, Florida
Kat Kennedy, Fire Rescue
(407) 836-9074
Diane Summers, Animal Services
(407) 254-9141
29 December 2015
Orange County Agencies Collaborate to Rescue Dog on Christmas Eve Work to Find Kind Canine New Home

Orlando, FL – One local dog has three agencies teaming together. Orange County Fire Rescue, Orange County Animal Services and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office all played a role in the rescue of Earl, an 8-year-old dog, who they now hope will land a new adoptive family.

On Christmas Eve, Fire Station 72 on Conway Road received a 911 call regarding an animal in distress. The caller indicated that they heard a dog crying and barking, but a high fence impeded their vision into the neighboring yard to check on the animal. On scene, responding officers located the dog, who was found in the dirty swimming pool of an abandoned home, unable to exit by himself.

It was believed that the dog was close to exhaustion after paddling to stay above water for an unknown time. Rescuers carried him from the green water to safety. Once back at Fire Station 72, the dog, now known as Earl, enjoyed a relaxing bath, holiday meal and water compliments of the C shift staff. He was then transported to Orange County Animal Services.

Earl weighs close to 50 pounds and is believed to be approximately eight years in age. Earl’s family has since come forward and indicated that they are unable to continue to care for him, which ensures that he is available for adoption and looking for the perfect new home.

Adoption applications for Earl and other animals at the shelter are being accepted along with a adoption fee is $12, which includes sterilization, vaccinations and microchip identification. Find out more about Animal Services adoption process at

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About Orange County Animal Services: Orange County Animal Services is Central Florida’s largest pet rescue and adoption center. Last year, Animal Services received nearly 20,000 animals at its shelter. For more than 40 years, the agency’s mission has been to protect the citizens and animals of Orange County. Its vision is to give abandoned and neglected pets a second chance to live long, healthy lives in safe, loving homes.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.