A four-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppy was saved by fire crews last night, after it fell down a drain pipe in Paddock Wood.
The mother had been nursing her litter of pups in a kennel when she accidentally knocked it down the pipe in the small run outside.
The owner called Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) just before 10pm to Ewins Close and a crew from Paddock Wood, along with a specialist from (KFRS’s) Technical Rescue Team attended with an engineer from Southern Water.
Officer in Charge, Station Manager Barry Healey, said: "We could hear the puppy yelping from inside the drainage pipe but it was difficult to see where he was. We used a snake eye camera – the type used to search collapsed buildings – to pinpoint the trapped puppy’s exact location – while Southern Water used their drain camera from the opposite end of the pipe. We were able to trap him between the two pipes to stop him falling any further as he was about a foot above entering the main sewer.
"We removed earth around the pipe and used small hand tools to make a hole to free the pint-sized puppy. He was tiny and fitted in the palm of my hand. After a wash, we left him lapping milk from a saucer. He was in better-than-expected shape once reunited with his mum, brothers and sisters."