Firefighters Rescue Dogs Trapped in Drain Pipe

Life With Dogs is reader-supported. We may earn a small commission through products purchased using links on this page.

Two young beagles named Maggie and Happy were being trained by their owner to rabbit hunt in a field in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Oct. 2, 2013, when they entered a drainage pipe and got stuck. Fortunately, firefighters were able to access the pipe and free the pups just 45 minutes later.

Photo Credit: Brett Dunlap/Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Photo Credit: Brett Dunlap/Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Authorities received a call informing them the young dogs were trapped in a drainage pipe near Parkersburg’s southside Wal-Mart store. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the location to rescue the dogs.

Jeff Barton, owner of the dogs, spoke with News and Sentinel and said he was training his pets in a field nearby the store when the dogs gained access to the pipe, crawled inside, and then weren’t unable to exit it.

Firefighters used a ladder to climb down through an access grate and reach the pups. For the rescue heroes it was easy to get a hold of Maggie and pull her to safety, but getting Happy took some coaxing.

Eventually both pet were rescued.

Read the complete news story at News and Sentinel.