Firefighters rescue injured dog trapped in storm drain pipe

- An injured dog was trapped in a storm drain pipe under a driveway. That little pup is now safe after being rescued by firefighters in Rowan County.

The dog is shaken, scared and in severe pain.

"Right now, we have him on pain meds and are making him as comfortable as we can," said Rowan County Animal Enforcement Officer Logan Horne.

The dog's name is Max and he's recovering at the Rowan County Animal Rescue Shelter after quite the traumatic experience.

"My guess would be it got hit by a car and ran into the hole where it felt more comfortable," said Horne.  "And curled up in there until we luckily found it."

Rowan County Animal Rescue was called out to Cedar Drive after a resident there heard the dog whimpering underneath the driveway.

"He said he saw a dog go into a drain pipe under the driveway," said Horne.  "When we got there, we could tell the dog wasn't able to move on its own because of the apparent injuries."

The tiny pup, believed to have pelvic fractures as well as bruising and soreness, was stuck.

"I saw the dog lying there and used the equipment we brought and we were unsuccessful," said Horne.  "So we called the fire department out."

Not the usual run for the Locke Fire Department, but firefighters didn't hesitate to jump, or crawl, right in.

"We had to actually dig out the ditch," said Locke Fire Department Chief Rusty Alexander.  "It was a very wide driveway, about 40 feet wide and the dog was 20 feet up in there.”

The two agencies teamed up to bring the dog to safety. 

"You want to get it out so it's not suffering anymore," said Alexander.  "And get it the care it needs."

"It's nice to have other agencies we can call to help when we need this kind of further assistance," added Horne.

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