PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - A Port Charlotte couple is thanking rescue workers after they pulled their trapped golden retriever from a storm drain! The owners tell WINK News the pup ran after another animal Sunday night.
Marty VonHolden says his quiet Sunday evening turned scary when his wife took Bo, their golden retriever, for a stroll.
"Something caught his eye, I don't know what went in there but whatever it was he wanted to go after it," he says.
The 93-pound pup took off straight into this storm drain.
"I called him and we tried to get him to back up but then he seemed to get stuck or panicked and started to go forward," VonHolden adds.
Fire and rescue, sheriff's deputies and animal control officers responded. They dug up this front yard to reach the culvert and then drilled a few holes to try and locate bo... even using a camera to make sure he was still breathing.
"There were points in time last night when he wasn't moving and we thought we'd lost him," he adds.
VonHolden says the sound of the drill seemed to scare bo into backing up the way he came in.
"Next thing I heard was 'I see two legs and a tail!'
Two hours later, Bo the rescue dog was rescued again.
"He was just a wet soppy little scared guy... shook himself and then started wondering, who are all these people," VonHolden says.