Last weekend, a Ruyterwacht family woke up to the distant cries of a wailing puppy. The family then learned that one of the puppies of their neighbour’s litter was stuck in the sewerage pipe and called the firefighters.
On arrival the team found the little guy stuck in a sewer pipe behind the house. After the initial attempts to rescue the pup was unsuccessful the firefighters called for assistance from another department and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
MayCo member for Safety and Security, JP Smith in a City of Cape Town (CoCT) statement said, “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.”
Once the pup was retrieved from the sewer pipe at approximately 11:15, he was handed over to the SPCA to make sure that he was in good health.
“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,” added Smith.
The pup has been deemed fit and is yet to be named.
The Goodwood Fire Station Commander Durandt Geldenhuys bought the materials required to fix the pipe which was damaged during the rescue.
The teams returned to the families home on Wednesday and repaired the damage.