Fire department rescues dog from Milton culvert

by Keith Corcoran

The deputy chief of Liverpool's volunteer fire department plunged into a catch basin, reached into a plastic culvert, and rescued a pooch that got itself snarled inside the structure.

The mixed-breed dog, estimated to be in the 70-pound range, went into the culvert July 12 in Milton but became stuck and unable to back out when its path was blocked by a covered catch basin.

Fire crews were summoned to a Highway 8 address at 4:20 p.m. to help free Fido.

It wasn't clear how long the dog was trapped but a spokesman for the fire service indicated the owner was with the unleashed pet, and the water-loving animal went into the culvert to check out the H2O.

Trevor Munroe, the department's fire chief, and deputy chief Steven Moulton, were first to arrive on scene.

The senior officers resolved the situation quickly, and the first truck out of the station was told to return to quarters.

"The deputy chief took the cover off the catch basin, crawled in, and pulled out the dog," said John Long, a captain with the department, told LighthouseNOW.

Moulton handed the dog to Munroe, who returned the pet to its rightful owner.

There were no injuries, and emergency responders were on scene for only about 10 minutes.

Public assistance calls are uncommon for Liverpool firefighters, Long said, but ones they receive are typically for one purpose and it involves pumping water.

"Generally, public assist calls for us are for flooded basements," he said.

"The animal rescue ones don't happen often."

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