Dog freed after 19 hours stuck underground



Idaho's NewsChannel 7

Posted on February 20, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 11:29 PM

BOISE -- By Saturday morning at 10:30, it had been 19 hours.

Nineteen hours since Glen Farrell was making a delivery to Pacific Supply in Boise.

Nineteen hours since his 1-and-a-half-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Eddie came untied from the trailer.

And 19 hours since Eddie got stuck in a culvert underneath the asphalt in the yard.

Truck driver Glen Farrell takes Eddie with him on some of his trips. They clearly share a close relationship. And if you're a dog owner, you might understand the sinking feeling Farrell had when he lost Eddie for a moment, and then heard barking coming from beneath the asphalt he was standing on.

Apparently, Eddie got underneath a fence, and was running around in a nearby pasture. But then, he fell into an irrigation distribution box and got stuck 30 feet down a pipe.

"I could see him down in there, way down in there," said Farrell.

"The leash was snagged, and he was trying to fight the leash," said Jason Staley, an animal control officer who worked to free Eddie. "He was trying to get out of it. But he wasn't giving up, that's for sure."

The pipe ran horizontally, so Eddie was only a few feet under the surface. But there was a steel pipe, dirt, and asphalt between him and Farrell. So, the makeshift rescue crew brought in a backhoe and started digging.

And 19 hours after Farrell last saw his little friend, Eddie poked his nose through a hole cut in the pipe.

About a minute later, the rest of Eddie emerged, and he jumped into Farrell's arms.

"The feel-good endings like this, it definitely makes it worth it," said Staley.

"He's shaking a little bit," said Farrell, looking at the black and white shivering figure of his dog, coated in mud. "He just wants to go home now, and have a bath and sit by the fire, probably. You hear these stories, and you think, well, you know... but here we are. We're one of them now."

Glen said while Eddie is always in trouble, this is the first time he's ever done anything like this.

Staley said Jack Russell Terriers are natural hunters, and he's seen them dive under things like houses and sheds to get at their prey. But until this weekend, he had never seen one get stuck in an irrigation pipe.