Heartwarming moment firefighters rescue deaf dog trapped in storm drain after rescuers cut through street for 10 hours
- Rescuers Arlington toiled for 10 hours to rescue a 15-year-old deaf dog
- The dog, named Zoey, fell into a storm drain and was trapped for two days
- Zoey was heard barking all over the neighborhood and finally found
- The community rallied behind the rescue as workers dug through the road
- “I love seeing the community show up and cheer,” said one officer
Dramatic footage reveals the moment when Texas first responders rescued a 15-year-old deaf dog that had fallen into a storm drain and was trapped there for two days.
In the video, accompanied by a heroic score, the Arlington Fire Department, police, paramedics and others worked tirelessly for 10 hours to break through the street and into the storm drain to get Zoey out.
The shaken dog, caked in the mud, was easily handled by the rescuers as they all celebrated the successful rescue.
First responders in Arlington, Texas, successfully rescued Zoey, a 15-year-old deaf dog, who was trapped in a stormwater drain for two days on Aug. 21.
The dog, caked in the mud, was easily handled by the rescuers
Zoey appeared to have no serious injuries or bruising from the ordeal
Zoey’s owner, Andrea Tankersley, told locals WFFA that after her dog went missing, “people heard animal noises, but they heard them all around.”
“The hard part is she’s deaf,” Brennan Tankersly said. “So we yell at her, yell at her, knowing it’s not right, of course, but there’s nothing you can do about it.”
It was eventually discovered that the deaf dog was trapped in a nearby drain on August 21, where rescuers soon arrived.
Members of the local community came out to cheer on the lengthy rescue effort, with one kindergarten even offering his skateboard to help Zoey slide out of the pipe.
“Everyone has been so helpful,” Officer Kristi Weil added. “There were cheers of joy and tears when Zoey was rescued. And I’m thrilled to see the community stand up and cheer for this coming to fruition.”
The rescue attempt lasted 10 hours, starting with workers breaking through the street
They managed to get Zoey out, who was scared of the experience
Zoey’s condition was checked before being returned to her owner
Andrea added that it was “miraculous” that Zoey suffered no serious injuries after the ordeal.
There have been multiple cases in the past of animals getting trapped in storm drains.
In 2019, a dog named Benji was rescued from a storm drain in Las Vegas, and in 2016, firefighters in Sacramento, California, rescued eight kittens from drowning in a storm drain.