A witness spotted two people get out of a car around 5:40 p.m. with the dog. The two then forced the dog into the storm drain and took off leaving the dog to die. The witness reported the incident and firefighters arrived on the scene to help the dog.
First the firefighters used air monitoring devices and ventilation equipment to improve the air quality for the dog while they worked on freeing him. Firefighter Nick Mack equipped with a breathing apparatus was lowered 15 feet to the bottom of the drain and then crawled to the abandoned dog.
When Mack reached the dog he found its hind legs had been bound by a bike cable. Mack freed the dog from the bike cable and then brought him safely out of the storm drain. Once safely out of the drain the dog was handed over to Sacramento County Animal Control.
“We all have dogs, and we all love dogs,” said Sacramento Metro Fire Battalion Chief Maurice Johnson. “We are just glad to be able to give this guy a second chance.”
Sacramento Police are investigating the incident and are urging anyone with information to come forward.