A dog was safe, although smelly, after firefighters spent more than three hours working to rescue the animal after it fell about 30 feet down into an abandoned septic tank near Point Dume in Malibu on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The mishap was first reported just before 1 p.m., when the pup apparently slipped into the old septic tank along the 6700 block of Dume Drive, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Ed Pickett said.
Los Angeles County Firefighters successfully rescue a small dog that fell 30 feet down an abandoned well in the city of #Malibu | This is the Dume incident. Battalion 5 is #DumeIC pic.twitter.com/Tzh57483nf
— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) September 27, 2019
Firefighters, including an Urban Search & Rescue Team, responded to the scene.
They managed to free the dog from the pit about 4:20 p.m., Pickett said.
Officials took the dog to a veterinarian to be examined, but it appeared to be OK, he said.
It was not clear whether the dog’s owner was at the scene.
#DumeIC *UPDATE* @LACOFD Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Firefighters demonstrate once again why they are the finest technical rescue specialists in the world. Los Angeles County Firefighters – Proud Protectors of Life and Property! pic.twitter.com/XO3zRCzEtL
— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) September 28, 2019