The City of Cape Town firefighters were called out after a puppy was heard crying in a drainpipe; the firefighters helped get the puppy back to safety.
Cape Town, South Africa (14 January 2021) – City of Cape Town firefighters rescued a puppy from a sewer pipe in Ruyterwacht over the weekend. After they opened the pipe, they returned to repair the damages made during the rescue.
The fire department received a call on Sunday the 10th of January about a puppy stuck in a drain behind a house. The family had heard the puppy’s cries through their toilet and quickly reached out for help. While they waited, their neighbour informed them that one of their dog’s litter was missing. This explained how there was a puppy in their drain when they didn’t own one.
The firefighters called for assistance from another department and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“Help was going to take time and by then, shifts had changed. The fire crews from Epping 3 and Goodwood 3 platoon took it upon themselves to rescue the puppy as they did not know how long he’d been stuck there,” said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
The puppy was extricated from the sewerage line at 11:15 and handed over to the SPCA to ensure he was in good health.
Crews returned to the property yesterday, and Goodwood Fire Station Commander Durandt Geldenhuys bought the materials needed to fix the line they’d damaged when they took the puppy out.
“Our firefighters are once again commended for their dedication to not only going above and beyond the call of duty, but to saving lives. On occasion, those lives are the furry, four-legged variety, and this is a testament to their commitment,” said Alderman Smith.
The puppy was checked and confirmed to be unharmed and in excellent health. The puppy will soon be getting a new name, named after the heroes that saved it.