Dogs are natural explorers, but one puppy’s curiosity almost got the best of him when he crawled into a drain pipe and accidentally got lost in a maze of pipes.
The 16-month-old pup, named Jet, had been out for a walk one evening with his owner Jamie Taylor when he got loose and ran into a nearby drain pipe. Taylor desperately called after his puppy to come back out, but he could hear Jet crawling further and further into the pipe, and knew he was going to need some professional help.
“He called our emergency line shortly before 2 a.m. but we knew we wouldn’t be able to help until daylight, so I went along first thing in the morning and called for the fire service’s assistance on my way,” said Joanne Hartley, an RSPCA inspector.
But when Hartley and the fire department arrived, they realized the problem was more complicated than they thought since the system of pipes spanned an area of three football fields.
“It was an absolute nightmare,” Hartley said. “The pipe was about 10 inches wide and is part of the old brickworks site, which is the size of around two or three football fields. We could hear Jet barking and whimpering, but we had no idea where he was located in the pipes.” They called the local water company and a construction company, and together they were able to send a camera down and tracked Jet down.
“The piping runs around four feet to six feet underground, so we had to dig around 10 trenches down to the pipe to see if we could reach him,” Hartley said. But after six long hours of digging, the crews finally rescued Jet and returned him to his worried family.
“Jet was really shaken at first, but now he’s back to his usual self,” Taylor said. “I’m really thankful to everyone who worked so hard to make sure Jet was freed.”
“All the agencies involved were willing to work as long as it took to free Jet and I’m so glad we were able to release him safe and sound,” Hartley said.
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