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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 20, 2014)– A puppy was rescued from a sewer drain Tuesday on the city’s east side.

The pup was brought to safety after first responders joined forces to retrieve it from a sewer drain just south of 34th Place and Wellington Avenue. Police dispatchers received a call at 4:40 p.m. that a puppy had fallen into a storm drain and help was needed to lift the heavy lid.

Animal Care and Control was dispatched to the scene after distraught owners called for help. The puppy named Lasy (pronounced “Lassie”), had wriggled its way into the drain through the street opening. The ACC officer told firefighters that she could hear the puppy barking but was not sure of its location within the system.

Firefighters responded after being dispatched at 4:40 p.m. On arrival they located and lifted three of the sewer lids in an attempt to locate the animal. No luck.

During the visual search they tried to pinpoint the exit location of each of the drains but found that one dumped into the creek and two were cross members of other drains. The firefighters said they never heard the puppy bark and feared the worst during the rescue attempt.

Utilizing a garden hose from a nearby house, the firefighters tried to gently flush the puppy out with a small amount of water. No luck.

They then stepped up to using a 1 ¾ hand line off the engine–again to gently flush with more water. After draining the tank of all 500 gallons, no luck.

Firefighters then used an attic ladder off the engine to physically enter the drain to see if they could see the puppy. A firefighter quickly volunteered and descended the ladder into the drain. No luck.

Their final attempt proved to be successful. Deploying 400 feet of 3” supply line off the engine, the firefighters hooked into a nearby hydrant to refill their tank in an attempt to flush the puppy out with copious amounts of water. Opening up two discharge outlets on the side of the engine they pumped approximately 300 gallons of water into the storm drain.

As water flowed through the system, they noticed several attempts by the puppy to poke its head out.

They finally knew where they needed to go.  Utilizing a mesh capture net carried by ACC, firefighters taped the mesh net to an 8-foot pike pole and stuck the contraption down the drain. While two firefighters sent more water through the discharge outlet off the side of the engine, ACC crew members stood at the ready near where they thought the pup would float by.

Within minutes, the officer trapped the puppy with the net in the drain and used a neck loop to capture the dog.  It was then brought to safety and given back to the family.  Puppy owner Erlinda Orellana was ecstatic.

Lasy was filthy and smelly from time spent in the drain but was perfectly fine.  She enjoyed a nice bath after the ordeal was over.