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Lucky catch made loose dog's day

Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2005

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Gary Gallien is a house painter. But earlier this week he became a dog catcher — literally.

Working with a crew at an apartment complex in Florence, Gallien caught a small dog as it fell from a fifth-floor balcony.

Gallien said he had stepped outside the building Tuesday when he heard a woman scream and saw a white, furry object falling toward him.

''Somebody hollered and I looked up and just stuck out my arms and caught it,'' he said.

''I caught it like a football. I was fixing to run for a touchdown with it.''

Gallien said he did not know where the dog came from, but he took it back to the fifth floor and turned it loose in the hall.

''That's like the 'Funniest Home Videos' on TV,'' Gallien said. ''I wish we had been filming it, so I could have sent it in. It would have won first place.''



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