Blind dog rescued from hole at California construction site

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters rescued a 13-year-old blind dog who fell into a hole at a construction site in California.

According to KABC-TV, the dog, named Cesar, lives next door to the site in Pasadena with his owner. The dog apparently wandered around the site, said Cesar’s owner, Mary, who declined to give her last name.

Cesar then fell into the hole, which was about 15 feet (4.5 meters) deep and 3 feet (0.91 meters) wide, around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Mary was alerted by the barking of her other dog. Cesar answered and she could hear that he was no longer in his own backyard. A search and rescue team from Pasadena quickly responded to the scene.

Pasadena Fire Chief Chad Augustin said confined space rescues present unique challenges for firefighters. “There are a lot of steps we need to take to make it as safe as possible. Not only for the dog, but also for our rescuers,” said Augustin.

The team hooked up a series of ropes and pulleys to lower a team member into the hole. It took about 12 minutes for the team member to reach the dog, strap him into a harness and bring him to the surface.

Cesar appeared to be healthy and unharmed after being pulled out of the hole. He shook off a thick layer of dirt and construction dust and found his owner at the scene.

The Associated Press

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