Dog trapped underground for more than 60 hours rescued by firefighters

Fortunately, this story had a nice ending!

After being imprisoned underground for days, a scared pup was eventually rescued with the assistance of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and firemen. On March 1, rescuers in Coalville, Leicestershire, received a call about a terrified dog trapped in a badger’s sett shortly before lunchtime.

The caller was the dog’s concerned owner, who also informed that the pet had been stranded for more than 60 hours. According to the Daily Mail, the dog crept inside the sett but was unable to escape after being imprisoned within for more than 60 hours.

RSPCA inspectors responded quickly, and when the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service arrived, they carefully listened to determine the whereabouts of the dog. They narrowed down a region and began excavating based on the pet’s barking. According to accounts, officials also used specialized listening and finding gear to locate the trapped canine, and more rescue personnel were brought in to aid with their efforts.

After considerable digging, they were able to discover it about 4 p.m. thanks to the dog’s whimpers. The dog was eventually rescued soon before 5 p.m. and securely turned over to RSPCA inspectors. After everything it had gone through, the puppy was lay down on the ground for a bit before being reunited with its adoring owner.

Because there were no additional animals at the area, it is assumed that the badger sett was dormant. The rescue comes only days after a border terrier was trapped for six days inside a badger sett in Rowde, Wiltshire. According to Mirror, Bumble, the dog, fell into it while out for a stroll. Annie Davidson, her owner, had then put out a missing dog appeal, believing that her dog had climbed out of it since she was nowhere to be located.

But one day, Bumble popped her head out of the earth and struggled to get back to safety. Of course, the pooch was extremely dehydrated and weak as it had not eaten anything for the past 6 days but thankfully her condition was not life-threatening and she was saved. “We’re so delighted to have Bumble back home. The experience was traumatic for her. Bumble popped up and out of the badger sett. Very thin and dehydrated but fine otherwise,” shared Davidson who was relieved that her pet was doing just fine. 

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