While tending an orange and avocado grove, a worker kept hearing what sounded like a whine or whimper. He looked around the grove but found nothing. He decided his ears were playing tricks on him.
For a couple of days, he kept hearing the sounds. Finally, he decided it wasn’t just the wind, it was actually a human or animal in distress.
He began a more in-depth search and what he found was shocking. The sound was coming from a big underground pipe. Definitely, someone or something was in big trouble.
He dug until he found the end of the pipe. When he got down and looked into the pipe his eyes met the eyes of a terrified dog.
It was a large pipe, but the dog was larger. It was completely stuck and there was no way he could remove it without cutting the pipe.
So, he called for reinforcement that came in the form of San Diego County Animal Control Officer Cortney Pache. Pache shoveled the dirt away from the pipe, then cut it away until she could take hold of the dog.
Once she pulled the emaciated and shivering black retriever mix from the pipe she got another surprise. There was another dog behind that one.
She quickly got that dog out of the pipe too and then hustled them both to veterinary care. Both dogs were in critical condition from dehydration. After a nice long drink and a hearty meal, both were breathing big sighs of relief that their long dramatic ordeal was over.
“We estimate the dogs were in the drain for at least three days,” said County Animal Services Director Laurie Joniaux. “It’s amazing they’re actually doing so well.”
The first dog they pulled from the pipe is estimated to be about 2 years old. She and the other dog, a 5-year-old male, continue to thrive with good food and care.
Officers believe that the dogs fell into the pipe from an opening at the top of the hill. The pipe eventually leads down to a big storm drain.
The dogs are lucky that the pipe didn’t fill with water while they were stuck. We can only imagine their terror at being trapped in such a tight dark space for so long.
Nor can we imagine their relief when they finally felt the kind hands of Officer Pache releasing them from their prison.
No one seems to have been looking for the dogs and they are not wearing tags. The Animal Services Director has to assume that they are strays.
Since no one contacted them claiming to be the owner, the two healthy and friendly dogs have been put up for adoption. Hopefully, the adventures in their future will be less traumatic than their last one.
Source: The Epoch Times