A DOG narrowly escaped death on one of Huddersfield's busiest roads - but then jumped in a canal.
Firefighters had to pluck the dog - now nicknamed Scruffy - from Huddersfield Narrow Canal after it had eluded attempts by a kind-hearted veterinary nurse to save it on Leeds Road.
Sally Hackney was driving to work at 8am yesterday when she saw Scruffy on Leeds Road, near the busy traffic lights junction next to the Great Northern Retail Park.
She said: "It was almost run over by three lorries, so I took an old dog lead from my car and ran to grab her."
Sally almost got the lead on, but another lorry came past and the terrified stray fled towards the canal.
Sally, 29, of Rastrick, drove to work at Calder Veterinary Group on nearby Old Leeds Road and took her own dog, Monty, on the canal towpath to look for Scruffy.
She saw her paddling in the water, with her face stuck in dense reeds.
"There was no way I could reach her," said Sally. "She was on the other side of the canal, close to a high wall."
In desperation she phoned 999 and Huddersfield firefighters were there within five minutes.
A firefighter jumped down on to the dense undergrowth in the canal and plucked Scruffy to safety.
Watch manager Simon Dennett said: "The dog was paddling about out of its depth, but its nose was stuck on the reeds. It certainly seemed pleased to be rescued."
Sally said: "We took Scruffy back to the surgery and she wolfed down some breakfast."
The owners now have seven days to claim her.
Scruffy has no collar or identification chip and is a cross-bred terrier, aged four or five.
"She's very cute," said Sally. "But her coat was very matted with lots of knots in it. So we have cleaned her up and will give her a good brush and groom."
Anyone interested in offering Scruffy a home - if the owners do not claim her over the next week - should phone 01484 429404.