Firefighters rescue beagle from well in York County

- Lesslie Firefighters responded to a call that they don’t get very often: They were called Wednesday to rescue a female stuck in a well. The first responders rushed to the house on Collins Rd. and on the way learned it was a female dog.

“She was breathing real heavy and really wanting out. I was able to slide down and go right past her collar and hook her collar and able to hook her collar and when I pulled it back up and fortunately the dog had a collar on,” said Lesslie Fire Chief Tommy White.

The beagle named Lady fell into an old well that was about 10 inches around and 26 feet deep. Chief White said Lady was wearing a thick leather collar which helped firefighters save her life.

“It may have been partially dug and they didn’t hit water so they stopped. Sometime, just in this case they didn’t go back and back fill it so it left a pretty good hole. If you had a small child or an infant out there walking around or moving around it’s easy for them to fall in the hole,” said Chief White.

At least 10 firefighters responded and had to get creative and use ingenuity to get Lady out. Michelle Jackson takes care of the ten beagles on the property and said Lady isn’t just a family member but a working dog.

“They go out in the woods and they run rabbits,” said Jackson.

Jackson said Lady hadn’t come back with the rest of the dogs. She went looking for her and heard her barking. Jackson followed the noise and found Lady in the well. An hour and a half after calling 911 Lady was safe and sound.

“I am very, very thankful and blessed that my baby was rescued and I appreciate them taking their time out their busy schedule and I know they probably could have been at a more important emergency come up but that was a life and I’m very thankful,” said Jackson.

Chief White said in 30 years of being a firefighter he’s never been called to rescue a dog. He said he’s rescued an exotic lizard and a horse but Lady was the first dog.

Since the rescue, the Jackson’s filled in the well. 

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