Puppy trapped in waste pipe survives after being flushed down the loo

June 15th, 2009 - 6:16 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jun 15 (ANI): A week-old cocker spaniel, which was accidentally flushed down the loo and ended up trapped in a waste pipe for almost four hours, has finally been given a clean bill of health by local vets.

The incident took place when the pup’s four-year-old owners Daniel and his twin brother Nicky Blair took the dog out for a walk in the garden, and decided that their pet “needed a wash” after it became muddy.

They then put the pup in the toilet and flushed to get him clean.

When their mother, Alison, 40, noticed the pup’s absence after one hour, she asked them about it.

“About an hour later I realised the dog was missing and asked the boys where he was,” the Mirror quoted her as saying.

“Daniel told me it had got muddy so they put it in the toilet and pulled the chain to give it a wash. I ran into the bathroom but the dog was nowhere to be seen. I assumed it was dead.

“I went into the garden, managed to lift up the drain cover and was amazed to hear him crying,” she said.

Alison, of Northolt, Middlesex, called the fire brigade and RSPCA, but neither could get him out.

In desperation, she finally called plumbing specialists Dyno-Rod.

“Then someone suggested Dyno-Rod and thankfully they had the right gear,” she said.

After using a special camera to locate the terrified pup, which was lying upside down in a pipe 20 yards away under a neighbour’s house, Dyno-Rod was able to gently nudge him towards the nearest manhole cover.

Dyno-Rod man Will Craig, 22, from Harrow, Middlesex, was able to prod the little pup out, though he had been hesitant about it at first.

“When I got the call I thought it was a wind-up,” he said.

“At first I didn’t want to do it because I was scared of hurting the dog. But the RSPCA said I was its only hope. I pushed him really slowly and watched the poor thing wriggling around.

“Eventually I pushed him far enough for the firemen to grab. Suddenly everyone started cheering.

“We couldn’t believe he was still alive,” he stated.

After a night at the local vets, Dyno, named after its rescuers, was given a clean bill of health.

“I never thought a dog could survive being flushed down the loo. He’s a real little fighter,” a relieved Alison said on June 14.

Dyno’s little owner Daniel has also apologized, and vowed to never do it again.

“Nicky got the puppy muddy and I had to give him a wash. I’m so, so sorry. I won’t do it again,” he added. (ANI)

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