Dec 2, 2013 7:20 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Firefighters come to rescue of dog in an embarrassing and tight spot

It's one of those tug at your heart-strings stories: Local firefighters come to the rescue of a puppy in trouble. It happened today in San Luis Obispo. A small ranch dog chased a squirrel into a 4-inch irrigation pipe. The squirrel made it though, the dog did not. The poor pup got stuck. The dogs owners tried to get the dog free using grease and some TLC but with no luck. They cut the portion of the pipe where the dog was stuck and got it to the fine folks at the San Luis Obispo Fire Department. They tried to get the dog out but with no luck. The dog was, not surprisingly, freaked out, having been stuck there for more than an hour-and-a-half. So, the owners, the firefighters, the pup and the pipe all headed to the Animal Care Clinic on Tank Farm Road where she could be sedated and removed safely. Once the dog was "mellowed out a bit", Dr. Richard Tao, Dr. bonnie Markoff, Dr. Marissa Greenberg and the rest of the staff at the clinic (with help from the firefigthers who were there) were able to slide the dogs head back out. The Jack Russel Terrier mix is home safe with her owner tonight. No word on where the squirrel is.



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