Stray Dog Seeks Refuge on Bridge and Puts His Life in Danger

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Stray animals try to survive however they can, but sometimes that urge to survive forces them to put themselves in greater danger. On Feb. 20, 2016, a stray dog from Las Termas, Argentina, found his way to the top of a bridge wall footing. The problem was, the dog was just inches away from falling into fast flowing waters and perishing. Lucky for him, neighbors spotted him, called firefighters and the scared lonely dog was saved.

 
 
Firefighter plans how to rescue stray dog. Photo credit: Bomberos Voluntarios Las Termas/Facebook
Firefighter plans how to rescue stray dog. Photo credit: Bomberos Voluntarios Las Termas/Facebook
 
 

According to Nuevo Diario local residents couldn’t understand how the pooch reached the top of the footing, nevertheless they knew the dog’s new-found hiding place presented a greater danger and authorities were called for help.

 
 
Dog could have fallen into fast flowing waters. Photo credit: Bomberos Voluntarios Las Termas/Facebook
Dog could have fallen into fast flowing waters. Photo credit: Bomberos Voluntarios Las Termas/Facebook
 
 

Local firefighters Andrés Bertolino, Débora Montesinos, Yésica Sosa, Santiago Ledesma and Rodolfo Parrado were dispatched to the bridge and using ropes and ladders, they descended to the footing and successfully retrieved the homeless pet.

 
 
Homeless dog is saved! Photo credit: Bomberos Voluntarios Las Termas/Facebook
Homeless dog is saved! Photo credit: Bomberos Voluntarios Las Termas/Facebook
 
 

It took hero rescuers some time to gain the dog’s trust, but once he knew the men were there to save him, the dog allowed rescuers to place him inside a make-shift bag and hoist him to safety.

 
 
Photo credit: Bomberos Voluntarios Las Termas/Facebook
Photo credit: Bomberos Voluntarios Las Termas/Facebook
 
 

Images of the rescue were posted on the firefighters’ Facebook page and animal lovers have left messages congratulating the heroes for saving the dog’s life.

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