Abby the dog has been freed from the drain pipe and her owner is thanking neighbors for saving his dog's life.
The 10-year-old shepherd-beagle mix went missing from her Roanoke County home Tuesday. A homeowner on Forest Acre Court heard a dog barking Thursday morning.
It took crews from Roanoke County Fire and Rescue, Roanoke County Police, and the Virginia Department of Transportation about an-hour-and-a-half to free the dog. Crews used a concrete saw to free her. Abby was about 20 feet up the drain pipe from the opening.
"This was something more than just dragging the dog out of a hole," said Captain Regan Underwood with the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department.
Abby has arthritis and is deaf, according to her owner Nathan Cox. He was happy to hear someone had located Abby, but he was upset to find out about the situation.
"That was a little disheartening that they found her and then I get over there and she's stuck anyway," he said.
The drain pipe sits just a few feet away from Abby's own home and Cox said it was tough to see his dog so helpless.
"She's halfway down a 50 foot storm pipe so it was not big enough for anyone to get in and get out and she couldn't get out herself."
Multiple agencies responded Thursday morning, including the Heavy Technical Rescue (HTR) team from the county’s Clearbrook Fire & Rescue Station.
Underwood said they were prepared to take on the job.
"We practice in confined space quite a bit so we're used to dealing in tight spaces but this was just so tight it wasn't practice to put a person all the way up in to the dog."
Within minutes, Abby was cut out of the pipe and rushed to the vet.
Cox expects Abby to be okay and hopes to get her back home sometime soon.
8:50 a.m.: A dog is stuck in a drain pipe in Roanoke County.
The dog had been missing for several days. A homeowner on Forest Acre Court heard the dog barking Thursday morning, and found it stuck in the drain pipe. Forest Acre Court is near Bradshaw Road.