Cape Town – After a four-hour rescue mission, the Kloof and Highway SPCA team managed to rescue a puppy that had crawled into a 23m drain pipe to escape the Diwali fireworks noise.
In fear, the pup crawled so deep into the drainpipe that it could not get out on its own after it ran into it on Monday, said Kloof and Highway SPCA in a statement.
Inspectors were called to the scene in the Upper Highway area, west of Durban, on Tuesday.
“Among the loud bangs and chaos of Diwali a little puppy so petrified she crawled into a 23-metre drainpipe… Unfortunately the more scared she became, the further she ventured — until it became impossible for her to retreat.” said the statement.
Ganga Plumbers assisted with the cameras needed to assess how far the little dog had gone in.
“After more than four hours of hard work, digging and sweating, there was much to celebrate as the shivering little soul was retrieved by a tired but elated inspectorate team,” said the statement.
The animal is safe and warm at a shelter, however the SPCA urged residents to be considerate of the “petrified and frightened” animals and the harm caused to animals by people who ignore their pleas to refrain from loud fireworks.
“Our little rescue is sleeping with a full tummy and wrapped safely in a fleece blanket. She is one of the fortunate ones we were able to assist,” said the SPCA.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe