Dog rescued after fall down storm drain

Dog rescued after fall down storm drain

October 12th, 2009 by Staff Report in News

A neighborhood cat led a pet dog into some real trouble overnight, according to Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner.

Adrian Wallace, who lives in Cromwell Hill Apartments, said her 4-month-old dog "Kiwi" chased a cat into a storm drain around midnight Saturday. The dog fell about 30 feet to the bottom of the drain and could not get out. Ms. Wallace said she could hear the dog whimpering but that she didn't know what to do.

Sunday morning, she called 911 to see if anyone could help. Brandon Bennett with the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center responded, and he tried to reach the dog with a long pole but couldn't get close. So the Chattanooga Fire Department was called shortly after 11 a.m.

There was no way the dog was going to get out on its own, so Battalion Chief Winston Shields called for the department's Urban Search and Rescue team, which has a group of firefighters who have special training and equipment for rescue operations.

Capt. David Tallent, an instructor with the team, was lowered down to the bottom of the storm drain. Capt. Tallent said Kiwi came right to him, and then they were both lifted up by fellow firefighters. Capt. Tallent said it was amazing that Kiwi did not appear to be injured from the 30-foot fall.

Ms. Wallace expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the firefighters for taking the time to rescue Kiwi.