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Brothers rescue two dogs caught in Niu Valley stream

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    Off-duty firefighter, David Moffat, climbs down into a Niu Valley drainage canal to rescue 2 dogs who were swept downstream toward the ocean this afternoon.
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    Off-duty firefighter David Moffat is pulled out of a drainage canal by his uncle Charlie Moffat after rescuing two dogs from Niu Valley Stream today.
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    Off-duty firefighter David Moffat carefully treads through a Niu Valley drainage canal to rescue two dogs swept downstream toward the ocean.
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    Off-duty firefighter David Moffat, hands a rescued dog up to his uncle Charlie Moffat. The dogs were swept down a drainage canal in Niu Valley.
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Sudden rains apparently caught two dogs by surprise in Niu Valley Monday.

The dogs were swimming, stuck in a swollen stream near KFC restaurant, when brothers David and Charlie Moffat of Hawaii Kai rescued them.

The 1 p.m. rescue took about half an hour because the skittish dogs swam away from their would-be rescuers and had to be coaxed back, Charlie Moffat said.

He said the rains had subsided and the stream was moving slowly when they rescued the dogs.

Charlie Moffat, who has several dogs, said he was happy to get to the pair before they might have been dragged into a culvert beneath Kalanianaole Highway.

The dogs were taken to the Hawaii Humane Society. Moffat said the dogs had embedded computer chips that will help to find their owners.

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