GALLIPOLIS — It’s an iconic image that many of us remember from cartoons and television shows in our youth: A firefighter comes to the aid of a cat stuck in a tree.
Only this time, it was a dog stuck in a culvert.
A small community of neighbors on Bullaville Pike just a few miles outside of Gallipolis came together Monday evening, along with Gallia County sheriff’s deputies, to rescue Daisy, the neighborhood stray dog who wandered into a culvert, traveled about 100 feet or more and became wedged in the small drain under several inches of concrete.
Daisy, a friendly beagle who wanders around the small community collecting scraps and chasing rabbits, may have been after a bunny this weekend as she found her way into the drain.
Neighbors reported seeing her Friday and, by Monday afternoon, heard her cries for help as she struggled up the culvert, becoming more wedged inside the tight space.
The community worked together to try to locate the dog and to open the end of the drain in an attempt to get her out, but were unsuccessful. By 5 p.m. Monday, they contacted the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, who later brought in a backhoe and some manpower, including volunteers with the Rio Grande Fire Department, to dig out the stuck pooch.
Over several hours, with the aid of neighbors and law enforcement, the concrete above the culvert was broken, a large ditch dug and a length of pipe removed just after midnight Tuesday, revealing Daisy’s snout and just enough room for volunteers to pull her from the earth.
Despite being shaky and wet, the beagle was in good spirits as she was quickly given some food and water and greeted her rescuers.
By best estimates, the pooch may have been stuck in the culvert 24 hours or more and, during the ordeal, one neighbor, Dorsil McCoy and his son, claimed ownership of the dog, who was taken to her new home for a warm bath.
McCoy reported that Daisy would remain under the watchful eye of his family, but they may change her name to “Lucky.”