Police officer Matt Rush from Cocoa, Fla., became a hero to three pit bulls when he saved them from a storm drain where they were trapped. The dogs who were inside a drainage system along a highway, were unlikely to get spotted and rescued by anyone, but the officer is glad he somehow found the dogs and helped saved their lives. “I am a a big dog lover,” Officer Matthew Rush of the Cocoa Police Department told ABC News. “When we get a call like this, you could just turn it over to animal control, but I didn’t want to leave.”
Rush said he was driving on the highway during a routine shift patrol when he heard excessive barking next to the car door, which seemed to be coming from nowhere when he drove by the the city of Cocoa. The policeman stopped to investigate. To his great surprise, he found three panic-stricken Pit Bulls trapped under the road, their muzzles poking out from behind the grill of a drain. The drain is in the median along busy State Route 520. The dogs seemed very tame and friendly toward people, and very stuck, officials said.
“I got out and I came up to this sewer,” he said. “I looked down in the sewer and you could see all three pit bulls. They looked all scared and distressed. That’s when I notified my dispatch ‘Hey, we need to get animal control over here.’ I later found out right before leaving and there was a big sewer drain and they must have dug their way down and gotten stuck.”
The officer immediately called for reinforcement to help with the animals. Twelve responders showed up to help with the rescue including other policemen and fireman quickly arrived on the scene. They carefully take off the grill which was imprisoning the dogs, put leashes round their necks and managed to haul them out gently, towards firm ground…
One by one, the dogs were freed from their underground prison. The Pit Bulls were altogether very calm and collected, letting the policemen take care of them. Nonetheless, they were obviously relieved to have finally got out.
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“My first thought was, ‘How in the world did they get in there, and how did I manage to hear them?'” said Rush. “I think they may have gotten in from a manhole across the street and then got stuck.”
Nobody knows how the dogs got into the sewer, possibly through some manholes nearby. Luckily the dogs were all in good shape. The large dogs needed a little help from rescuers to jump out of the hole and nobody knows how long they were in the hole before they were rescued. All three dogs appeared in good health and are being cared by Brevard County Animal Services.
Animal services officers will work to reunite them with their owners. The dogs did not have tags or microchips. Specialists said the dogs seemed to be family pets and are healthy. Animal services officers are hoping the owner will get in touch with them, or they will be adopted by people that will provide them with a great home.