Animals

Rescuers pull out a tiny puppy after hearing cries coming from a drainpipe

The Kloof and Highway SPCA received a report about a little animal in late October that had been seriously trapped.

An anxious dog named Pip ran into an open drainpipe in quest of safety the night before as fireworks lit the sky in remembrance of Diwali.

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When they heard the puppy’s family’s little screams reverberating through the pipe, they became aware that she was missing. Pip wouldn’t budge, despite their attempts to get her outside.

One of Pip’s owners, Ndonie Shezi, told in an interview, “We tried up until about 9 p.m. We didn’t get any sleep at all, and by 5 a.m., we were up again attempting to save her.

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Petros Simamane, an inspector with the Kloof and Highway SPCA, stepped in to help when their attempts failed.

Simamane was aware that the only way to free her would be to cut the pipe and dig into the earth. The dog had moved deeper back down the sewer when he returned after going to grab a spade and pickaxe.

Simamane stated in the interview that the woman was moving backwards and in reverse. “There was a drop in the pipe, and I believe she went into the drop because she was unable to get out.”

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Simamane understood that he need a drain camera. But he need a plumber to gain access to the specialized machinery. He made a call to a nearby business, Ganga Plumbers, to see if anybody could assist.

When Rishi Haripersad of Ganga Plumbers received the call from Simamane, he already had another job scheduled. But when Haripersad informed management about the dog trapped in the sewer, the director of the business gave him the go-ahead to assist.

“The director instructed us to put all work on hold. In an interview, Haripersad stated, “Let’s go help save this dog.

Haripersad inserted the camera with a snake. The screen flashed up with Pip’s wide-eyed face at around 60 feet.

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In fact, they could start digging since the drainpipe had another entrance on the other side of a fence.

Simamane spent hours trying to free Pip from the drain. The puppy was worn out and covered in dirt.

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Thankfully, after a warm bath, a supper, a vet visit, and plenty of cuddles, she began to feel a bit better.

Pip has returned home to her beloved family after spending time healing at the shelter.

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Haripersad expressed his happiness at being a part of the rescue effort, saying, “It’s extremely fulfilling to know we’ve saved a vulnerable pup.”

And in only a few short weeks, Pip had developed into a healthy, content girl who was now too large to ever pass through a drainpipe once more.