Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. Dogs

Senior dog trapped in mud pit for days

See also

For several days, a senior dog named "Pluto," was trapped in a muddy pit in Willistown Township, Pa. The 13-year-old Australian shepherd had wandered away from home and according to CBS Philly, he may have been suffering in the mud for as long as 60 hours.

Pluto was saved thanks to the efforts of two determined Willistown Township police officers who utilized some wood planks and brute strength to free the exhausted dog from the pit on May 9th.

Pluto is alive today thanks to Sergeant Mike Martin and officer Mike Kushner - it took both men to hoist Pluto to freedom.

Today, Pluto has almost completely recovered from his muddy, life-threatening ordeal. His guardian, Sheila Shorr, expressed her gratitude for the officers who saved her dog:

We feel very fortunate indeed that you are there and always quick to respond, skilled and compassionate,’

If you would like to continue receiving the latest animal related news, tips and advice, please click the "Subscribe" icon which is located near the top, left portion of this column. It is free and anonymous to sign up.

Follow the National Dog News Examiner on Facebook and Twitter!

I am human, if you see a typo, please let me know. Questions, comments or story ideas can be emailed to Please note - due to the heavy volume of emails received, I am unable to respond to each and every request, but they are all appreciated!



  • Derek Hough
    Derek Hough brings quadruple threat talent to 'DWTS' and beyond
    Today's Buzz
  • Hookah smoking
    Young adults believe hookah smoking pose no health threat
    7 Photos
  • Top outdoor activities
    Don't spend your summer indoors: Top outdoor activities to do with your significant other
    10 Photos
  • Baby shower idea for men
    A new twist on baby showers is throwing a Daddy Baby-Q
    7 Photos
  • Wedding special
    'Curvy Brides' offers a new look into every bride's pursuit for her picture perfect wedding gown
    7 Photos
  • Morbid obesity
    Health: Morbid obesity decreases life span by up to 16 years
    7 Photos