It required 15 volunteer firefighters working for more than 2 hours to rescue little Precious, a shaking dachshund jailed behind a retaining wall.
The 4-year-old Pennsylvania puppy had fallen down a groundhog hole.
Neighbors cheered as the dog was freed, ending an episode accompanied by shovels, floodlights and an oxygen tank standing by.
“We had to remove some of the wall. The difficult part was digging and trying not to collapse the hole and cut off her air supply,” explained Penn Hills Fire Chief Randy Dolton.
Owner Abby Hile explained she had let the wiener dog out to do her business. Precious went running, then plummeted down the hole and ended up behind the wall.
“She’s part of the family … so we’re very glad she’s OK,” Hile mentioned.
The fire chief agreed. “I have dogs, so I know how it is … You hate to lose a pet. It’s a happy ending,” he stated.