Dog stuck in drain for four days

A Jack Russell dog has been reunited with its owner in Buckinghamshire after getting stuck in a drain for four days while on a walk. Lulu's owner hired a JCB digger and it took a team of firefighters six hours to rescue her.

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Five firefighters spend six hours rescuing dog

Five firefighters from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority spent around six hours rescuing a dog that got stuck down a drain.

Station manager Dough Gruchy said they decided to attend as they had concerns for the safety of the dog owner's rescue party.

It is quite understandable that an owner, when faced with a situation like this, will want to go to extraordinary lengths to save a pet.

Lulu's owner had organised her own search, but the situation was in danger of becoming hazardous. We took the decision to carry out this rescue because of our concern for the safety of her search party as well as for Lulu’s welfare. We are obviously delighted that it has had a happy ending.

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Dog rescued after four days stuck in underground tunnel

Buckinghamshire fire and rescue crew manager Pete Skinner with Lulu Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

A dog has been rescued after spending four days trapped in an underground drainage tunnel in Buckinghamshire after the owner hired a digger to get her out.

Work begins cutting through the car park to dig 8ft down to the dog Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

The Jack Russell ran down the disused pipe in Dorney as the owner Gail Fraiser took her for a walk. Ms Fraiser called the RSPCA when Lulu failed to return. The animal charity advised her if the dog could be heard barking the likelihood was that she would find her way out.

A firefighter crawls inside the drain after breaking through to rescue Lulu Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

However Ms Fraiser opted to hire a digger after the barking continued but Lulu was nowhere to be seen.

The fire and rescue service intervened after becoming concerned that Ms Fraiser and her friends were at risk from injuring themselves, after trying to rescue Lulu since Friday.

Owner Gail Fraiser with Lulu the Jack Russell Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

They launched a six-hour operation to rescue the Jack Russell using the digger and shovels to dig down 8ft below ground.

The firefighters then broke into the drain before freeing Lulu from her four-days of being trapped.

Firefighters cut through the drain 8ft underground to rescue Lulu Credit: Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue

The entrances to the pipe have now been closed off to prevent other animals from becoming stuck.



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JCB used to rescue dog

A dog has been reunited with its owner in Buckinghamshire after getting stuck in a drain for five days.

Gina Kaiser brought in a JCB to rescue her pet pooch after the terrier became trapped in a drainage pipe. Lulu disappeared down the unused pipe while she was out for a walk in Dorney.

Rubble blocked her exit and she was trapped, surviving on just a trickle of water for nearly a week. Eventually, Gina was so desperate to be reunited with her pet that she hired a JCB to cut Lulu free. Luckily, a fire service rescue team were passing and stepped in to help.

They used cutting equipment, the digger and shovels to dig down 8ft and six hours later Lulu was reunited with her owner.

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