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California firefighters rescued a 13-year-old blind dog who fell into a 15-foot hole at a construction site.
The dog, named Cesar, lives next door to the site in Pasadena, California, with his owner, Mary. Next door, construction workers worked at the 700 block of North Lake Avenue, the former site of the Carl’s Jr.
According to KABC-TV, the dog wandered into the site and fell into the hole around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The hole was about 15 feet (4.5 meters) deep and 3 feet (0.91 meters) wide.
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Mary was alerted that Caesar had disappeared from her property when her other dog began barking, and she noticed Caesar’s response was muffled, signaling that he was no longer on her property.
A search and rescue team from Pasadena quickly responded to the scene where they hooked up a series of ropes and pulleys to lower a team member down the hole. It took about 12 minutes for the team member to reach the dog, strap him into a harness and bring him to the surface.
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Pasadena Fire Chief Chad Augustin said confined space rescues present unique challenges for firefighters.
“We have to take a lot of steps to make it as safe as possible. Not just for the dog, but also for our rescuers,” Augustin said.
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Cesar appeared to be healthy and unharmed after being recovered from the hole. He shook off a thick layer of dirt and construction dust and found his owner at the scene.