An animal control officer rescued a puppy thanks to some assistance from CAL FIRE and Riverside County firefighters, it has been reported.
Animal Control Officer Gary Pahls responded at about 11 a.m., Sunday March 3 to a retirement community in the city of Riverside.
Residents at Air Force Village West reported that they had discovered a whining puppy in a drain but they could not reach the dog, Riverside County Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh stated in a press release.
A concrete slab covered the drain.
“I attempted to use my catch pole, but was unable to grab her when she went farther in to get away from me,” said Officer Pahls of Riverside County Animal Services. “The dog was now out of my reach and was stuck in a narrow part of the drain. She was crying and struggling.”
Firefighters from Riverside County Fire Department Station No. 59 in Mead Valley arrived to assist Pahls.
The firefighters used sledgehammers to create two small holes in the six-inch concrete, giving Pahls a pathway to pull out the puppy.
The animal had some minor injuries, so Officer Pahls transported her to an emergency pet hospital.
“The firefighters were diligent and worked as a team to give me the chance to retrieve the puppy safely,” Pahls said. “They did much of the work and for that effort, we’re very grateful.”
The puppy did not have a microchip.
She is now resting comfortably at the Western Riverside County City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley.
She is roughly 7 weeks old and is need of an immediate foster home. She is somewhat nervous and the would-be volunteer foster would need to be someone who has time to help socialize her, Welsh added.
The puppy’s animal ID number is A 1003602.