Rescue dogs

San Antonio (TX) firefighters rescue dogs from tunnel

Madalyn Mendoza

San Antonio Express-News


May 3 – First responders aren’t always dealing with fires or cats in trees. On Sunday, May 1, the San Antonio Fire Department called three small dogs trapped in an underground tunnel.

According to SAFD spokesperson Woody Woodward, Engine 17 and Doctor 17 responded to a call from the 8000 block of Country Village to help three dogs stuck in a drainage tunnel. It’s unclear how the dogs ended up staying underground or how long they remained in the perilous situation, but the emergency call came just after 6 p.m., Woodward said.

To save the dogs, SAFD borrowed a leash from a neighbor and modified it into a harness strap to get each dog out of the tunnel. Photos shared by the agency show two of the three dogs crammed into the tunnel, surrounded by rubbish.

SAFD says animal control responded to the scene and took custody of the puppies.

The department shared information about the “big rescue” on the morning of Monday, May 2. Many comments asked if the dogs would be available for adoption.

It doesn’t appear that the dogs have been processed to be listed as adoptable at the time of this writing, but the Animal Care Services database is updated often. The searchable list is available here. Animal Care Services also updates its daily admission photos of adoptable pets on Facebook, which can be found here.

Although the three rescued puppies are not yet available for adoption, ACS has many dogs and cats ready to find homes, including this Chihuahua named Porkchop.


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