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Dog rescued after nearly 24 hours in pipe

Posted at 7:17 AM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 08:17:10-05

A small dog chased a rabbit down a hole in New Jersey and got stuck in a pipe. This started a rescue operation that lasted two days with firefighters using the jaws of life to help free the pup.

The rescue began Saturday when the owner of the dachshund named Khaleesi reported the dog was stuck. Firefighters worried that a wall of an old building above the hole might collapse, so they left the dog overnight and hoped she would wiggle herself free.

When the dog could not get herself out, firefighters began digging Sunday, even using the Jaws of Life, and finally pulled the pup from the hole.

“After 6 foot in, the pipe turned vertical and that’s where the dog was stuck facing up. That’s why she couldn’t back herself out. And we just kept chipping away,” Mark Mastorelli with the Secaucus Fire Department said. “We used the jaws of life to break the pipe. And finally we got close enough where we could get the dog out and it was a happy ending.”

Video captured the moment the dog was reunited with her owner.