Some concerned neighbors and a couple of clever animal control officers ended up saving the lives of a Chihuahua mom and her newborn puppies on Friday. The dogs were stuck inside a Dallas storm drain, according to NBC DFW on Oct. 4.
This rescue story started out when Tommy Roberts and his son, Justin, realized that the small pooch had given birth inside the drain pipe underneath their driveway after hearing the light whimpering of the pups. After checking out the situation, they found that the dogs were too far in to reach them.
Fearful of flooding because of expected rainfall, Dallas Animal Services were called. This is when officers Daynara Castillo and Jerry Chandler became heroes after coming up with a plan to get the pooches out of there before the rain came. The dogs were unreachable, about 13 feet inside the pipe, and with no equipment to handle the situation, they had to improvise.
The officers used a bucket that was also a food bowl, two long poles and duct tape to come up with a cool contraption to get the puppies out.
"We had to get the food bowl, put two holes in it and stick a pole through it to cup the pups inside just to bring them out," Chandler told NBC 5.
Two newborn pups were rescued, along with their anxious, but most likely grateful mother. Castillo and Chandler were very happy and called it an excellent day. Their clever contraption saved the dog family’s lives and they are now safe and sound away from the weather elements.
The pups will nurse for a few weeks and be cared for by their mom and then placed in a foster home until they are put up for adoption after about eight weeks.
If it wasn’t for the concern of all of the people who cared about these beautiful animals, this story might not have had a happy ending.