People hear puppy’s cries from sidewalk. But when animal control doesn’t arrive—they get to it

It was a huge challenge
March 22, 2018 11:28 am Last Updated: March 22, 2018 12:12 pm

Puppies are curious little creatures who often find themselves getting into mischief.

Most of the time they can be rescued from their mess without much of an issue, but for one pup in Clarksdale, Mississippi, it took volunteers from a local animal shelter, employees from a nearby tire shop, and a backhoe to rescue the pooch.

One day store employees heard a puppy crying under the sidewalk.

Posted by CARES Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter on Sunday, September 17, 2017

For several months towards the middle of 2017, employees at Coahoma Tires in Clarksdale, Mississippi, continuously fed a stray dog and her two puppies. But one day in September they noticed one of the puppies was missing, later that day they heard the puppy crying.

Somehow the 4-month-old pup had gotten herself stuck in the drainpipe than ran under the road.

They called animal control in hopes that they would assist in rescuing the puppy.

Posted by CARES Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Once they realized the puppy was stuck, the workers contacted the city’s animal control for help and then they waited. And waited.

After several hours and no help from animal control—at this point the puppy had reportedly been stuck for 24 hours—they contacted Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter.

Rescues are not something the animal shelter takes part in, but they accepted the challenge.

A backhoe was brought in to remove a piece of the sidewalk.

Posted by CARES Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter on Sunday, September 17, 2017

A group of volunteers from the shelter and employees from the tire shop worked together to create an opening large enough for someone to fit inside the drain to retrieve the puppy.

Once a hole was created the rescuers tried to coax the puppy out, but she was too scared and one wrong step could have ended badly.

According to Mary Brock, one of the animal shelters staff members, the puppy sat in front of a 10-foot drop.

The puppy was too scared to come out of the pipe on her own.

Posted by CARES Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Brock eventually made her way into the pipe and was able to grab the dog, who was later named Piper, and bring her to safety.

A staff member pulled the 4-month-old puppy to safety.

Posted by CARES Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Not too long after Piper was rescued they caught the puppy’s sister, Penny, and their mother looking down the pipe. They were able to capture them and bring them to the shelter where they were reunited and put up for adoption.

Piper was reunited with her sister and they were brought to the shelter.

Posted by CARES Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter on Monday, September 18, 2017