PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — Dozens of local first responders worked together, battling thunderstorms and the scorching heat, to rescue a pet dog trapped underground in Luzerne County.
“It got very dangerous. The walls were caving in, they had to put temporary walls up to make sure it was safe for all of us working around, and I’ll tell you what, it could have never been done without all the teamwork involved,” wildlife rescue John Ackourey said.
A tedious rescue mission saved Madison the Chihuahua, after she was stuck nearly 14 feet underground since Tuesday night in a Pittston Township neighborhood.
“There was an open cavern underneath the area we were working in, roughly the size of a bedroom, so it was very difficult to get down into that space. It was very dangerous. It was an old spoil pile basically of railroad ties, tires, ash and dirt. It was extremely unstable,” Pittston Township Fire Department Deputy Chief Anthony Ranieli said.
The deputy fire chief says despite the obstacles, they all had the same common goal. Crews from across the region, including two collapse units and animal response teams, explored all avenues to help the frightened and shy 14-pound dog.
As the rain began to downpour after hours of tireless work, a miracle happened.
“I went to check the hole, and there she was. And I put the catch pole down there, and I just went in, and we just couldn’t…God was with us. God was definitely with us,” Ackourey said.
Officials say Madison is in good health. She was given a warm bath shortly after being rescued.