Puppy hiding in CPS Energy equipment lot rescued

Utility workers' success comes ahead of frigid temps


SAN ANTONIO - The puppy hiding in a CPS Energy equipment yard on the south side has finally been rescued.


Nicknamed “Sparky,” the little brown dog has eluded capture for the past several weeks. The puppy was among a number of adult dogs and puppies which have recently called the equipment yard home.

One by one, they all were rescued. Except one.

Billy Mays was one onlooker who began to get worried about the one lone puppy.

"Every day that I'm over here, I stop by and feed it and it looks like other people have been as well, so it looks like there are other good people out here that care about the dogs," May said earlier in the week.

Animal Care Services, which had tried to capture the puppy in traps, hypothesized that the animal was so well fed he did not go into the traps for food.

But on Thursday, with the weather turning colder, CPS Energy decided to make a renewed effort to capture the dog.

With Sparky hiding in the pipes, they brought in a crane to try to get him out.

Rosalinda Martinez is with CPS Energy’s WARM group -- Worthwhile Animal Rescue Mission -- and was there for the capture attempt.

"We were determined to get him today because we didn't want him to spend the night in the cold weather," Martinez said. “He'll find a good home. We'll make sure that he finds a good home.”

With the puppy hiding among the pipes, workers used a metal pole to try to force him out but that did not work. Then CPS Energy Spokesman John Moreno said they used the crane to slowly moved the pipes so they could reach down.

“We had to actually have a crew out here and lift the pipes up for us so we could get to him,” Moreno said. “The weather's coming in, it's going to be very cold so I think the timing on this is excellent to get this puppy out of here and get him to a safe environment and a warm environment.”

After two hours of maneuvering, they were able to grab the puppy and hold on tight.

It was a happy ending for CPS Energy's WARM group and for Sparky.

"I'm just overwhelmed,” Martinez said. “We've been out here several days to try to get him. We wouldn't have been able to do it without them. They helped us move the pipes to get him. If not we would have been here all day long."

Now the puppy will get checked out by a veterinarian and be able to sleep somewhere warm.

Moreno said the utility has some good-hearted employees.

"I think it speaks highly of our employees that we're willing to come out here and take care of this," Moreno said. “I think everyone was waiting to see what the outcome was and I hope this is the outcome they were expecting.”

And now Sparky’s big adventure is over.

"He's on his way to finding a good home," Martinez said. “It was worth it. It was worth it.”

A CPS Energy worker will be fostering the rescued puppy after he is checked out by a veterinarian.

Sparky will then go up for adoption through SNIPSA -- Spay, Neuter, Inject Protect San Antonio.

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