It took the joint efforts of firefighters, police, and the community in Texas to help rescue a 15-year-old deaf dog that had fallen down a storm drain and was trapped for two days.
Andrea Tankersley, the dog’s owner, said “people were hearing animal sounds, but they were hearing them all over the neighborhood.” Zoey, the dog, was finally discovered on Saturday stuck in a drainage pipe.
The Arlington Fire Department, police, paramedics and other workers worked around the clock to tear up the street to rescue her. AFD has released video footage of the dramatic 10-hour rescue operation involving multiple agencies from the City of Arlington. Community members played their own part by delivering water and pizza to the workers.
In the video, rescue crews were seen tearing deeper into the earth until hitting the pipeline where Zoey was trapped. A firefighter suggested that a skateboard would help get the dog out of the pipe. That’s when a local kindergartner, Hunter, offered his.
“He was just so enthusiastic about helping us,” police officer Kristi Weill told WFFA. “It was just so heartwarming.” Rescue crews with the help of the skateboard helped get Zoey out and video footage and pictures show the dog covered in mud, looking disoriented as she’s pulled to safety.
“Everyone has been so helpful,” officer Weil added. “There have been cheers of joy, and tears when Zoey was rescued. And I love seeing the community turn out and cheer a successful end to this.”
Watch: Firefighters And Police Rescue Blind Dog From Storm Drain
We have a condensed video of the rescue operation to save Zoey, the 15-year-old dog stuck in the storm drain. The operation lasted over 10 hours. Once again, we just want to acknowledge the incredible work from our Technical Rescue Team, the additional AFD units, and the other City of Arlington, TX – City Hall agencies which contributed to Zoey’s rescue.
Posted by ArlingtonTx Fire on Monday, 23 August 2021
What a wonderful and compassionate act by the firefighters and police to rescue sweet Zoey with the help of the community.