TRAVERSE CITY — An Acme Township pooch is safe after getting himself stuck in a very tight spot.
Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department Chief Pat Parker said a “community effort” helped save “Wilson,” a Labrador-type dog, from a culvert off Bunker Hill Road on Thursday. Wilson’s owners reported they were out looking for the missing mutt when they heard him whimpering in a culvert.
“It looked like he had been in there all night,” said Capt. Randy Fewless of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department.
Wilson was stuck, but help was on the way from Metro Fire’s Acme station, sheriff’s deputies and Northflight. All gathered at about 8:30 a.m. to solve the puzzle of freeing the dog from the lengthy pipe.
Fewless said rescuers used a long dowel to measure where the dog was stuck. Parker said it became clear the only way to extract the dog was to dig out the culvert.
“We cut the culvert, pulled the dog out by the back legs and he was still alive,” he said. “We put on the the back board and put an oxygen mask on him.”
The dog was reunited with his owners after his treatment. Parker said Metro Fire has rescued many pets from burning buildings or out of icy lakes, but never out of a culvert.
“They’re part of people’s families, so we do whatever we can to save them,” he said.