A Long Island family’s rescue dog was rescued by firefighters after the pooch fell into their home’s sump pit.
Duke, a 3-year-old French bulldog and black lab mix, slithered into a hole dug in the backyard of Melville’s home by a crew that pumped out the cesspool on Wednesday, NBC-4 New reported. York. He was found about 10 feet underground, frantic and crying.
“He was crying, and for any pet parent, that’s the worst sound you can hear,” Duke owner Alison O’Loughlin said. “And the feeling of desperation that I don’t have the tools to have it.”
The dog rescue team, which used a ladder to get the pup to safety, included the Melville Volunteer Fire Department, the Huntington Manor Fire Department and the County Emergency Services Unit of Suffolk.
“The dog jumped through the ladder and got onto the bottom rung of the ladder and we pulled him up,” Chief Chuck Brady of the Huntington Manor Fire Department said.
The Melville Fire Department posted on Facebook that the dog was “wet, dirty and scared, but unhurt.”