Firefighters Don’t Stop Until They Save Puppy

April Livingston | July 19th, 2018

It was like any other day for the Evans family, who headed outside to take their little puppy MJ for a walk in the neighborhood. Then, without warning, the puppy suddenly disappeared. They had no idea what happened—one moment she was there, the next she was gone. As they looked closer, they realized there was a sewer drain that had a missing cover and little MJ had fallen inside. Worse yet, she was quickly carried away by the water inside the pipe. Though MJ had only been in their home for a few days, she was already a valued member of the Evans family. So, they contacted the Charlotte Police Department of North Carolina for help.

Captain Jackie Gilmore//Facebook
Captain Jackie Gilmore//Facebook
Captain Jackie Gilmore//Facebook

When a crew from the fire department arrived, everyone realized the situation was more serious and more difficult than they originally thought. They began to dig down into where the drain was, but quickly realized they needed more equipment and more help, too. The Charlotte Water Department was called to the scene and it became a full blow construction project that wasn’t just digging. They began to pump oxygen into the pipe to ensure MJ could breathe and got work with rescuing her. The water department employees also ran a camera into the hole so they could pinpoint MJ’s location. They were able to spot her and then went to work digging an 8-foot trench in the middle of the street to get to her.

Captain Jackie Gilmore//Facebook
Captain Jackie Gilmore//Facebook
Captain Jackie Gilmore//Facebook

It took a total of four hours, but eventually they got to MJ and were able to rescue her from the drain unharmed. It was a happy moment for everyone involved, especially the Evans family and all the rescue workers. She was taken to a veterinarian for an examination, but it seems little MJ is just fine and is back where she belongs—with her family.

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