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South Walton Fire District located in Florida’s Panhandle shared a heartwarming story of a dog they rescued.
The dog had fallen 15ft deep into a hole that was not man-made but was created through natural means. South Walton Fire District’s Technical Rescue Team (TRT) said they responded to the call on Wednesday afternoon after the dog’s situation had been reported to the team.
“SWFD’s Squad 3 and District Chief 2 arrived on scene around 3 p.m., then assessed the air quality of the confined space with a gas monitor. Once the space was deemed safe to enter, firefighters placed a ladder into the hole and attached our rescuer to a safety line,” SWFD wrote on Facebook.
One of the firefighters descended down a ladder and made his way down to the dog, who was very friendly and happy to see him. He then used webbing to build the dog a safety harness so that it could be lifted out of there.
As you’ll see in the video below, once the dog was secure in a harness, the firefighter started ascending the ladder while carrying the dog. Two SWFD firefighters waited at the top of the hole and helped the man and dog get through the small opening once he reached them.
“Thankfully, the dog was in good condition and did not appear injured. Walton County Animal Control and Walton County Public Works responded to the scene to evaluate the dog and fill the hole following the rescue,” SWFD said.
SWFD further stated that they were very grateful to have been a part of this happy ending and they appreciate the professional and quick work of all the responding agencies that worked together to rescue the dog.