Published: Feb 12, 2014 11:23 AM EST
Updated: Feb 12, 2014 6:34 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Domestic Animal Services is recognizing the heroic efforts of the Cape Coral Fire Department, who recently saved a stray dog from a drain pipe near a canal at 1755 Cape Coral Parkway East.

Shivering, lost and alone. This is how Dave McWhinnie and Rick Lazaro, both on separate boats found this American Bull dog mix.

"I saw Rick was on his boat, so I hollered to him and told him there's a dog the sewer pipe there!" said McWhinnie.

"I kept calming the dog, just talking to him, buddy, don't worry, the dog was actually fading putting his head down he was so exhausted," said Lazaro.

This was Monday.
Lazaro called the Cape Coral Fire Department and firefighters quickly pulled the dog to safety.
On dry ground, she was weak and starving. "We tried to give it water, it just wanted food," said Lazaro.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services tells WINK News the dog, nicknamed Daphne, is underweight, and has no identification. They believe she is a stray, in need of a loving home after her fight for survival.

"Certainly this dog had a just a tremendous will to survive to maneuver herself down that pipe to try to do whatever she could to try to get out," said Ria Brown, with Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

It's not uncommon for the Cape Coral fire department to rescue dogs from canals. "During the year we average of anywhere from 20 to 30 dog in canal rescue calls," explained fire dept. spokesman Michael Heeder.

But this case is unique ecause Daphne was stuck in a pipe, and thanks to residents and first responders, she has a second chance.

Anyone interested may complete an on-line adoption application at or call LCDAS at 533-7387 if you have information about her rightful owner. Daphne’s animal ID number is A582800 for inquiries.