Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighters rescue two trapped dogs

Mutton Row, Ongar
27/07/2020 @ 09:42
Incident Number: 127436
In attendance: 1 x Epping

Epping firefighters spent three hours working to rescue two dogs earlier today.

The curious canines, Amy and Bud, had been chasing a badger when they became trapped in a 15 metre pipe.

Their worried owner had left home for a short walk without her phone and flagged down a passing runner who used what3words to help our crews find their remote location.

Firefighters worked with the landowner to dig the dogs out of the pipe.

Using chimney rods, small tools and the landowner’s digger, the team cleared a path for the dogs to crawl out.

The two Jack Russells were safely returned to their owner by 1:21pm.

The firefighters cleared both ends of the pipe for the badger to leave safely, it left shortly after.

Station Manager Evan Jellis said: “This wasn’t a straightforward job for us, it was a slow process to dig away at the mud that had fallen either side of the pipe to rescue the dogs.

“It was hard work but with some quick thinking, we were able to rescue the dogs safely.”

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