The Pueblo West Fire Department rescued a wayward two-year-old English mastiff who became stranded in the mucky wastewater at the Pueblo West Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday. The dog named Gidget, still stinks despite multiple baths, but is happy to be home.
According to the fire department’s Facebook page, firemen responded to a dog stranded in the thick muck.
“Earlier today PWFD was requested by the Metro Waste Water Treatment Plant to respond to a dog that was stranded in one of the aeration ponds. The dog had been there for approx 1 1/2 hours or so before being noticed. Crews worked calmly not to startle the dog and assisted it out of the culvert. The dog was then decontaminated as were the crew and all tools. The dog was turned over to animal control and did not seem injured. Great team work!!”
According to Fox News, Gidget’s exciting morning began when her walker coonhound named Buddy arranged for the two pooches to escape from their home. Around midday, Buddy came home, but Gidget was no where to be found. When the dogs’ owner, Mandi Smith had been out looking for Gidget, an employee at the wastewater plant six miles away from Smith’s home, heard a dog barking. And there Gidget was – clinging to the edge of the pond.
Fire crews used a ladder to get to the dog and washed her and sent the friendly pooch over to Pueblo Animal Services for decontamination baths and to wait for her owner. Gidget is now home and has been reunited with the other dogs and humans.
Another great job by our selfless firemen and women who are always here to help. Stop by their Facebook page and give them an “attaboy.”
(Photos of English mastiff stranded in wastewater plant courtesy of Pueblo West Fire Department)
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