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Florida pup trapped under house is saved

Humane Society Saves Dog Trapped Under House

It's the dog days of summer, and that's a good thing for one lucky Florida pup. Abby, a 35-lb. German shepherd mix, went missing for nearly two days before her family heard whimpering under their house.

It turned out that Abby wasn't missing at all. She had gotten trapped under the home through a small opening in the lattice work in the back yard.

The family immediately called their local humane society and the group jumped to action. Three members from the Pinellas Humane Society spent two hours in the blazing Florida sun and dug the trapped pooch out from under the house. Happily, Abby returned to the Gagliardi family, tail wagging and without any injuries.

"The big takeaway," said a spokesperson from the Humane Society, "is to remember that no matter how secure we think our backyards are, don't leave your pets unattended."

Abby isn't the only lucky dog around. Earlier this year police in Willistown, PA pulled Pluto, a 13-year-old Australian Shepherd, out of thick mud and safely returned him to his family (and of course a bath.

Last year in California the roles reversed when a hiker's dog named Mole pulled his owner to a man who was pinned beneath rocks. The trapped hiker as severely dehydrated and was stuck for approximately 8 days. Thanks to the dog, rescuers were able to save his life.

Major props are due to all the human and the K9 good Samaritans out there!

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Marianne Ditmar-Flyn August 01 2014 at 9:47 AM

Without our furry animals our world would be so much sadder than it already is.

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pwing76240 August 01 2014 at 9:22 AM

Why didn't the owners dig out the dog?
That would have been the first thing I would have done.

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MICHELLE pwing76240 August 01 2014 at 10:23 AM

That may be easier said than done. Also, they may not have known from the sound alone that this was their dog trapped under the house. From the small size of the hole in the photo they may not have been able to see exactly what was making that noise. It is always best to call for trained professionals for help.

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jpfmtka MICHELLE August 01 2014 at 11:20 AM

.. and someone else who will make the effort, assume the expense and take the risk! Right, call for public assistance. Believe me, any pet that is still physically capable and loves it's owners will respond in such a way that even the most dull of owners should be able to recognize.

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coopdabomb MICHELLE August 01 2014 at 5:12 PM

People like you are the reason America is where it's at today. I need help, I can't do it. You people make me sick and sad at the same time.

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rlmcanoe pwing76240 August 01 2014 at 7:10 PM

I'm with you on that one.

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liondog96 August 01 2014 at 8:43 AM

It's getting way too hot in Florida. I'm glad this dog was rescued.

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luckysilver60 liondog96 August 01 2014 at 9:29 AM

it was hot but i bet that little guy was cooler than you think in the dirt and in shade that is why he wa ok

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dmart30959 August 01 2014 at 9:42 AM

love these type of stories!! great job to all involved.

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leslie August 01 2014 at 11:08 AM

How is it that this almost always happens to irresponsible hicks that could find their butts with both hands? The little guy was probably hiding from them!

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jpfmtka August 01 2014 at 11:16 AM

Another story about folks who are too irresponsible and/or unprepared to be pet owners. Plus, the identification as a german shepherd mix is a real stretch. All in all, so glad the pup is OK.

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ajafullmn August 01 2014 at 10:05 AM

My newly rescued little pom got accidently locked in my basement. I KNEW there was no way she got out of the fence but I was frantic for an hour searching. Our bassement has two doors. every time I went to one she would be at the other. This went on for an hour but she never made a sound.

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coopdabomb August 01 2014 at 10:04 AM

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bigcatdaddy August 01 2014 at 3:13 PM

Why didn't the dog just come out the way it went in?

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