An abandoned dog who became stuck in a sewer was freed by concerned neighbors in a St. Louis neighborhood.
The neighbors had heard the dog's plaintive cries for days and had been feeding him after his owner appears to have abandoned him. The neighbors suspect the Pit Bull had fallen into the storm sewer when hunting for food after a man moved away and left his two Pit Bulls behind to fend for themselves.
"Since Saturday, one of the workers saw – two dogs, actually – ran into the hole, and fell in, and one of them actually got right out, but the other one never came out," Vivian Dudley told WFSB News.
They called animal control who proposed leaving a trap. The officer didn't attempt a further rescue of the dog and neighbors said the officer indicated that attempting to get the trapped dog out might make the dog retreat further back into the sewer.
But after 4 days the neighbors were not satisfied with leaving the dog underground. They contacted Stray Rescue of St. Lois for advice and help. Volunteers from the rescue came with a catch pole and managed to coax the dog close enough to catch him around the neck and pull him to safety.
Donna Lochmann with Stray Rescue said, "We were able to just get him to come out far enough to give him the little sleepy drugs and that’s kind of it."
The dog was initially scared when pulled to safety but immediately began wagging his tail. Stray Rescue believes he will be fine and took him back to their shelter to give him a couple of days to "chill", said Lochmann.
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