5 puppies rescued from 65-foot dry well in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE / Gray News) – Five pups were rescued from a 65-foot dry water well in Washington Parish, according to the Humane Society of Louisiana.
Officials say rescue teams spent three days in scorching temperatures in August after the property owner reported five pups fell into a well.
WVUE reported that the teams tied leashes together for a type of webbing and tricked the pups into walking on the webbing by placing food in the center. Rescuers could pull on a rope that gently closed the lines around each puppy. The leashes served as harnesses that rescuers could use to drag the pups 65 feet to safety.
The pups were transported to the Mandeville Animal Hospital, where they are being treated for intestinal parasites and diarrhea. According to reports, some puppies had minor skin problems.
Overall, authorities say the puppies were in good health, have good appetites, and ate solid foods.
“We felt hopeless and thought this was an impossible task, but we couldn’t just give up and try. We’re relieved and overjoyed with the result! ”Jessica Cameron, director of animal services for the Humane Society, said.
“In my 33 years in this field, I have never seen a rescue operation like this. There were so many obstacles to overcome, but the rescuers never gave up and succeeded in spite of difficult and long adversities. I couldn’t be more proud and grateful for their efforts, ”said Jeff Dorson, director of the HSLA.
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