On July 16, firefighters had to get down and dirty to rescue a Labrador who tunneled more than ten feet under a house in New Orleans!
The volunteers of Terrytown Volunteer Fire Department saved Christopher, a 6-year-old Labrador Retriever who got himself stuck beneath a Dartmouth Street house at about 4:17 in the afternoon, according to fire department Spokesman Robert Masson.
Owner Kate Geiger let Christopher and her other dog, Tayger, out to play while she prepared to go to work on Thursday afternoon. When she called the dogs back inside, only Tayger came in. She thought Christopher had gotten out and was only roaming around.
“I was down the street, but I didn’t see him,” she said.
When she returned home, she heard his familiar bark, but couldn’t see her Labrador. She figured that the sound was coming from underneath her patio. Geiger said there were holes underneath the slab when she moved in a few months ago.
It turns out Christopher deepened one hole, tunneling about 10 to 12 feet under the slab. When the adventurous Labrador tried to turn around, he got caught between a piece of cement and the mud.
“I look under, and I could hear him but I couldn’t see him,” Geiger said. “I went and got a light, and I saw him really, really far.”
The worried owner spent about an hour trying to dig the Labrador out. When her attempts failed she called the fire department for help.
A rescue crew responded with shovels and dug for two hours to reach Christopher, Masson said. Despite being trapped in a hole, the Lab looked none the worse for wear once rescued.
“He’s so happy to be inside, now,” Geiger said. “I don’t think he’s going to go back into that hole.”
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