How many firefighters does it take to rescue a Dachshund stuck in a groundhog hole under a retaining wall? Fifteen apparently! Meet "Precious," the latest Dachshund to get stuck in a hole. Why do we keep getting into trouble like this? Via WTAE:
The efforts on Clematis Boulevard were praised with applause after Precious, the healthy but shaken dog, was freed from a groundhog hole.
Precious was let outside for a bathroom trip, but her owner Abby Hile said the dog took off for the back yard and went into the hole. Hile said she tried for an hour to coax the dog out but she wouldn't budge.
Hile called 911 for help and the Penn Hills Station 227 volunteer firefighters arrived with the essentials: floodlights, shovels and a love for dogs.
"We had to remove some of the wall. The difficult part was digging and trying not to collapse the hole and cut off her air supply," said Fire Chief Randy Dolton.
Oxygen and a camera from the sewage department were on standby.
But after more than two long hours, the volunteer firefighters got their first glimpse of Precious and let her owner pull her free.
"There's no way I could've gotten close to doing that by myself. She's part of the family. She's definitely part of the family so we're very happy she's OK,” said Hile.
"I have dogs so I know how it is. They're like part of your family. You hate to lose a pet. It's a happy ending," said Dolton.