A press release from the Massachusetts State Police details a happy ending to a harrowing experience for a dog left trapped for days in tornado wreckage.
State Trooper Brian Pearl was on patrol on Sewart Avenue in Monson, MA. when a woman waved him down, telling him a neighborhood dog had been located, trapped under a collapsed roof . “You could hear the dog barking but you couldn’t see it,” he said, “He was way, way, way under there.”
The town of Monson had been devastated when a tornado ripped through the area three days earlier. The Carabetta family had spent those three days searching for their lost dog, Shadow, but there had been no sightings reported.
After assessing the dog’s location, Trooper Pearl was able to devise and carry out a successful rescue in a matter of minutes. Crawling under a pile of splintered wood and broken glass and using an animal retrieval pole, he pulled the 25 lb., six-month-old puppy to safety. When word of his rescue spread through the neighborhood his family was alerted, and they arrived at the scene to express gratitude and retrieve Shadow. They say he was hungry and tired, but in overall good health.
Pearl graciously described the rescue as “very gratifying.”