Inside the team effort to rescue dog that fell into open manhole on Detroit’s east side

DETROIT – A dog was rescued after being caught and frightened at the bottom of an open sewer hole in Detroit. It took teamwork to save the dog.

The dog’s bark was loud enough that it caught the attention of a dog owner walking her dog in an open field off Grandy Street near Medbury Street. This dog owner named Juniper Flemming with Rebel Dogs Detroit.

A volunteer brought a ladder and went down to try to catch the dog.

“That wouldn’t happen. He was so scared, nervous, barked – very scared, ”said Flemming.

The same volunteer also had a rope and a tarp. Flemming knew the Detroit firefighters from Engine Squad 3 – who called them for help. They arrived at the scene and developed a plan.

“They lowered it – we threw wet food. The dog walked on it and they picked him up and lifted him out of the hole, ”Flemming said.

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