Trapped Puppy Rescued from Underground Pipe
Four-week-old puggle/dachshund mix, not yet weaned, had managed to crawl into a basement drain

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Puppy rescued from underground pipe

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Mom reunited with her puppy after ordeal

Last Thursday, while many of you were watching the MHS Telethon on WXYZ Channel 7, a drama was playing out on the west side of Detroit. A four-week-old puggle/dachshund mix, still not weaned off his mother, had managed to crawl into a basement drain. When we got the call at 8 a.m. that day, we rushed to the scene, only to find the puppy trapped deep in the pipe, the only sign of him his muffled whimpers and cries.

Over the course of the day, we worked with Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society personnel to dig up parts of the basement, trying to get to the section of pipe housing the puppy. Unfortunately, the pipe led outside, and that’s where the puppy was headed. So we called an excavating team, who removed more than 5 feet of earth above the pipe and started listening for the puppy.

It took more than nine hours of work, but it was all worth it when we pulled the two-pound puppy from the pipe, cold and crying, but in remarkably good condition considering what he’d been through. And none of it would have been possible without the support of people like you.

See, MHS receives no government funding, no taxpayer dollars, and is not affiliated with any national humane organization. What we do is made possible solely because of the community’s support. Your gift is vital for countless animals who are sick, injured, trapped or in desperate need.

So please, consider making a donation today, and help make more life-saving rescues like this possible.

Thank you for all you do.

For the animals,
Debby MacDonald
Debby MacDonald
Chief Cruelty Investigator
Michigan Humane Society


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