Sacramento firefighters rescue puppy from drain pipe

11:41 PM, May 22, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento Metro firefighters came to the rescue after a puppy stumbled into an drainage pipe and was stuck underground.

It happened in the backyard of Alyssa Carroll's home in North Highlands. Carroll said she brought the puppy and her siblings outside so they could do their business; that's when the little gal wandered off, said Carroll.

"She's an adventurer," Carroll said. "She likes to wander off by herself."

When Carroll couldn't find the puppy, she thought the animal might have gotten outside or into the neighbor's yard. Carroll searched and couldn't find her.

Carroll searched the yard again.

"I walked over here and saw this hole and heard her barking," Carroll said. "'Oh my god!' I started crying and I was so upset. I didn't know what to do."

Carroll said they recently cleared away a lot of brush in their backyard. She didn't even know the exposed pipe was there.

After tumbling down the pipe, the pup ended up in neighbor Donna Mann's backyard because of a connecting pipe. Firefighters arrived and found the dog about 10 feet down into the ground.

"When we arrived, we actually found the little gal actually in a man well that we were able to access really easily below grade," Firefighter Jim McDade said.

They were able to get her to safety. All she needed was a bath.

"We were so happy," Mann said. "She was licking him. It was great. Firefighters are great people."

Carroll, a dog breeder, said the pup doesn't have a name yet because she is up for sale.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

Twitter: @suzannephan

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