On December 2, the former Copper Lounge building collapsed into a pile of rubble in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The three dogs rescued belonged to a 22-year-old woman who lived on the top floor of the building. One construction worker died, and inspectors suspect a wall between two buildings had been removed without a permit causing the collapse. The building was being renovated and remodeled into a drug store.
According to the Argus Leader, Sioux Falls emergency manager Regan Smith had been investigating the building collapse on Sunday afternoon when he heard a faint noise and thought it sounded like a dog barking. Search and rescue team members rushed to the area, after calling the family that lived in the upstairs apartment. Rescuers called for the beagle named Molly, and she was found under a mattress where she had been trapped for more than 48 hours.
Molly’s family was waiting at the scene when rescue workers carried her out.
“It made for a really nice scene,” stated Regan. “It’s still a tragedy, but at least it was a little bit better of a day.”
Two other dogs, another beagle and a husky were rescued on Friday. The three dogs rescued belong to Emily Fodness, who was rescued several hours after the initial collapse of the building.
A memorial has been set up for the construction worker, Ethan McMahon.
(Photo of three dogs rescued via KSfyTv screenshot)
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