Heartwarming moment Texas first responders rescue elderly deaf dog from storm drain


Heartwarming moment Texas first responders rescue deaf dog that got stuck in storm drain after they spent ten hours cutting through street

  • Arlington rescue workers toiled for 10 hours to save a 15-year-old deaf dog 
  • The dog, named Zoey, fell into a storm drain and was trapped for two days
  • Zoey was heard barking throughout the neighborhood and eventually located
  • The community rallied behind the rescue effort as workers dug through the road
  • ‘I love seeing the community turn out and cheer,’ one officer said 

Dramatic footage reveals the moment Texas first responders saved a 15-year-old deaf dog that had fallen down a storm drain and been trapped there for two days.

In the video, accompanied with a heroic score, Arlington Fire Department, Police, paramedics, and others worked tirelessly for 10-hours straight to break through the street and into the storm drain to pull out Zoey.   

The shaken dog, caked in mud, allows herself to be easily handled by the rescue workers as they all celebrated the successful rescue. 

Arlington, Texas, first responders successfully rescued Zoey, a 15-year-old deaf dog, who was trapped in a storm drain for two days on August 21

The dog, caked in mud, allowed herself to be easily handled by the rescue workers

The dog, caked in mud, allowed herself to be easily handled by the rescue workers

Zoey appeared to suffer from no serious injuries or bruises from the ordeal

Zoey appeared to suffer from no serious injuries or bruises from the ordeal 

Zoey’s owner, Andrea Tankersley, told local WFFA that after her dog went missing, ‘people were hearing animal sounds, but they were hearing them all over the neighborhood.’ 

‘The difficult part is she’s deaf,’ Brennan Tankersly said. ‘So we’re calling out to her, calling out to her, of course knowing it’s not any good but you can’t help it.’ 

The deaf dog was eventually discovered to be stuck in a nearby drainage pipe on Aug. 21, where rescue workers arrived shortly. 

Members of the local community came out to cheer on the long rescue effort, with a kindergartner even offering his skateboard to help slide Zoey out of the pipe. 

‘Everyone has been so helpful,’ officer Kristi Weil added. ‘There have been cheers of joy, and tears when Zoey was rescued. And I love seeing the community turn out and cheer a successful end to this.’ 

The rescue effort lasted 10 hours, beginning with workers breaking through the street

The rescue effort lasted 10 hours, beginning with workers breaking through the street

They were able to successfully pull out Zoey, who was frightened by the experience

They were able to successfully pull out Zoey, who was frightened by the experience 

Zoey's condition was checked before she was returned to her owner

Zoey’s condition was checked before she was returned to her owner

Andrea added that it was ‘miraculous’ that Zoey suffered no serious injuries after the ordeal. 

There have been multiple instances of animals getting stuck in storms drains in the past. 

In 2019, a dog named Benji was rescued from a storm drain in Las Vegas, and in 2016, firefighters in Sacramento, California, rescued eight kittens from drowning in a storm drain.  

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