A Springfield firefighter comforted a dying dog after police and the fire department responded to a call from a neighbor in the 100 block of N.Hillcrest Road about the dog trapped under a heavy log. According to the Springfield Fire Company’s Facebook, two officers climbed down a slope and tried to move the log. It was too heavy, and so they called the fire department for help.
Buddy, a 12-year-old Gordon Setter had escaped from his fenced in yard on Monday. His worried owners searched all over for their senior dog including posting notices, checking online and notifying police. Because of Buddy’s age, he was also nearly deaf and blind which made it harder for the dog to find his way back home or for his family and rescuers to locate him. On Tuesday afternoon, however, according to Philly.com, Buddy was found. He had wedged himself under a log; no one can figure out how it happened. Perhaps the dog had been seeking shelter from the heavy rains on Monday evening?
Most likely trapped for more than 24-hours, Buddy still remained calm as firefighters used a hydraulic ram to lift the log. Within 20 minutes the dog was freed; Firefighter Bob Tracey administered oxygen to the dog as he laid down next to Buddy, giving him a small amount of water and gently patting him for reassurance.
And with the tenderness reflected of our most admired and brave firefighters and police, Buddy was gently placed in a Springfield patrol car and rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital where the dog was reunited with his family before the decision was made to humanely euthanize him.
Many thanks to our brave men and women who protect not just us, but our beloved four-legged companions. Rest in peace Buddy; you will be missed.
(Photos of Buddy’s rescue courtesy of Springfield Fire Company)
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