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Puppy trapped in 3-inch sewage pipe rescued after 10 hours

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Aug 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-21 22:09:11-04

Phoenix, AZ (KPHO) — A puppy trapped in a sewage pipe for approximately 10 hours was rescued late Thursday night.

It all started Thursday afternoon when Phoenix police officers went to a home near 35th Avenue and Grant Street to serve a drug-related search warrant. Officers found two puppies that were dead, an adult female dog and a puppy stuck in a 3-inch pipe that goes under the home.

Arizona Humane Society spokeswoman Bretta Nelson said a plumbing company used a small camera and located the puppy 23 feet from the pipe’s opening. AHS’ emergency animal medical technicians were able to monitor the puppy during the ordeal.

The 1- to 2-week-old puppy was pulled out of the pipe about 10:30 p.m., much to the relief of the rescuers.

“Oh my God, I’m so relieved. I don’t want to cry,” said AHS worker Nicole McCormick. “Oh, it’s been all day. I’m so glad he’s OK.”

“In my five years at AHS, this is the longest rescue I have heard of and we respond to more than 10,000 cases per year,” Nelson said.

The pup, most likely a pit bull terrier mix, was taken to an emergency animal clinic and then will be transported to AHS’ Second Chance Animal Hospital on Friday for continued medical care.