Lifeguards say a south swell brought powerful currents to L.A. County beaches, resulting in a rescue effort just south of the Venice Pier around 3 p.m.
It’s a common story playing out nationwide, leaving thousands of pet pigs homeless and rescues packed.
After about nine months of training, the dogs are paired with their handlers, usually firefighters.
It was a day of primping and grooming for nearly 200 dogs rescued from a puppy mill last week.
It’s been a busy year for lifeguards at Zuma, Point Dume and other local beaches.
Big crowds at the beach have created more work for lifeguards this summer, increasing the amount of overtime pay and putting a dent in the Los Angeles County Fire Department budget.
Lifeguards conducted dozens of rescues between Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey and Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro.
Pilot Zachary Bryson is taking the rescuing of dogs to new heights.
A high surf advisory was in effect Tuesday for many Southland beaches, the National Weather Service said.