Photos: Texas FFs, deputies rescue 3 puppies from drainage pipe

The Dimmit County responders found 2 at first but eventually got all the pups back to their mother


Mitchell Willetts
The Charlotte Observer

DIMMIT COUNTY, Texas — Three newborn puppies trapped underground in Texas have been reunited with their family — but the reunion was initially bittersweet.

First responders in Dimmit County — roughly 100 miles southwest of San Antonio — received a call Sunday, April 10, from a woman who noticed the puppies stuck in a drainage pipe near an H-E-B grocery store that afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies and county firefighters arrived at the scene to help, photos shared by Dimmit County Fire Rescue show.

With some rope, and a volunteer to crawl into the cramped pipe, two of the puppies were brought out to safety, video shows.

Unfortunately, the third puppy had died, officials said at the time. But they were mistaken.

First responders came back the next afternoon expecting to recover the body.

“To our surprise, the puppy was still alive,” Dimmit fire officials said.

While its siblings had been whisked away, the third puppy waited another day for rescue. But photos show all three are now back with their mother and appear to be in good health.

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