It was a scary afternoon for one family in Buffalo after their three-month-old Yorkie/Poodle mix, Bailey, fell six-feet into an exposed sewer vent in front of their house.
Penny Sayles and her husband were dog-sitting for her daughter while she was away on vacation. Her husband let the puppy out when he saw him disappear down the vent. Penny said that she thought her husband and her son would be able to get him out but they couldn’t reach him. She called 911 and the emergency crew was there in less than five minutes.
Firefighters worked for two-hours using all different types of tactics to get Bailey out. Doggy treats, gentle coaxing and even vacuum suction couldn’t get the tiny, black puppy out.
City workers were eventually called to bring in a large excavator in order to dig a hole large enough for firefighters to reach Bailey. Joe Colligan was the firefighter who was able to pull Bailey to safety. Although Bailey was a little wet, he was in good condition. All he needed was a little pump of oxygen and a nice bath.
An applause erupted from the surrounding crowd as relief set in.
Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield was very humble about the rescue, “Some people might think we went over and above, but that’s what our guys do every day. We’re very grateful there was a happy ending. We’re very satisfied.”
“Just to touch him and know he was alive, that’s all that matters,” said Colligan.
Everyone agreed that this collaborative effort was a complete success.