City workers came to the rescue of a just weaned pit bull puppy that wandered from its litter and fell into a sewer pipe on its owner’s property.
The puppy spent Tuesday night in the pipe, and Julianna Branch urgently reached out for help. She posted the news on Facebook late Tuesday. A friend contacted Wild at Heart Rescue in Vancleave, which contacted Mardiee Mallette at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. And Mallette helped contact people in George County.
Lucedale Mayor Doug Lee got a call from Branch, who was “crying and upset,” and sent Animal Control Officer Dustin Knight to assess the situation on Wednesday.
I’ve removed snakes from sheds, chased horses and I've had to pick up hogs, but never nothing like this.
Animal Control Officer Dustin Knight
Knight said the puppy had fallen into a sewer pipe that had not been capped off near the house. The puppy was six feet or more into the pipe, whining and scratching with its nails, he said.
The city Water Department brought equipment that included a camera with a light that sent a picture to a monitor they used to search the pipes. They were chasing the sounds the dog was making.
The dog was moving, Knight said.
“He made it down to the road, right at the main line,” Knight said. “We had to bring a backhoe out there and dig out a big hole and saw open the pipes on each side of him. They cut the pipes and brought him out.”
One of the Water Department workers was able to reach in and pull the puppy out by the bottom, Lee said. City workers repaired the pipe, replaced it and filled in the hole.
Lee approved the work once he learned the dog was alive. The Water Department got permission to go onto private property.
When the dog was freed, Lee suggested a vet, but was told the dog was “jumping and his tail was wagging.”
Knight said, “I’ve removed snakes from sheds, chased horses and I've had to pick up hogs, but never nothing like this. I was pretty amazed. I knew what we had to do. There was only one way to get him out. And that was dig up the lines.
“But honestly, with it being a sewer line, and him in there so deep and all the water going through the pipe, I thought his chances were pretty slim. But God blesses us with miracles, and we were able to save him.”