CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A Cape Coral dog saved in a dramatic rescue has found a forever-home. WINK News first told you about the American Bulldog trapped in a pipe last week. The dog was deemed a stray, but now, she has a new family.
Heather Mazurkiewicz saw the posting about the dog's rescue from our WINK News story on Facebook, and says it was love at first sight. She's named the dog "Leu" short for lieutenant, and says she's forever grateful to the firefighters who saved the dog's life.
Leu is bright eyed and happy. Her new owner says she is the perfect addition to the family. "She's been doing great, she is so sweet, so loving!" said Mazurkiewicz.
This happy dog is a transformation from just days ago, when WINK News captured video of her at animal services, afraid and alone. Feb. 10th, Leu was discovered clinging to life, in a Cape Coral pipe, starving and unable to get out.
People living in the Clipper Bay Condos called for help. "The dog was actually fading, putting its head down. It was so exhausted," Rick Lazaro told WINK News in a Feb. 12th interview. Lazaro called 9-1-1 after finding the dog stuck in the pipe.
Cape Coral firefighters rushed to the scene. Among them Lt. Michael Russell and Brian Campbell.
"We used dog treats and food to coerce her back towards us, and eventually after 10-15 minutes of being friendly and not scare her, we were able to successfully rescue her and bring her back up," said firefighter Brian Campbell.
Its been 5 years since Heather and her daughter have had a dog, and now they know they were waiting for the perfect one.
"I did a ride-along on December 11th with Station 8 that changed a lot of things for me. My son in law is a firefighter with the Cape Coral Fire Dept. I have developed a deep passion for what these guys do every day, and I'm really proud of them. The whole story of how she was rescued, it fit perfectly.She had to be a part of the family," said Mazurkiewicz.
"I just want to thank the guys that rescued her. They have, in their own way of rescuing her, have rescued us."
Mazurkiewicz says her last dog was also an American Bulldog, so this adoption seems fitting. She filled out the adoption papers on Wednesday Feb. 12th the same day the WINK News story aired, and picked up Leu that Friday.