Puppy Stuck in Pipe Lassoed by Pompano Beach Crew

Aug. 15--POMPANO BEACH -- A puppy got stuck in an underground pipe for an hour Thursday, but firefighters pulled her to safety.

A Pompano Beach woman was walking Lucy, a 12-week-old Havanese breed, without a leash around her condominium complex when the dog darted into bushes and disappeared about 12:20 p.m., said Sandra King, a spokeswoman for Pompano Beach Fire Rescue.

The woman then heard Lucy's cries coming from a pipe in the ground. The pipe, 8 inches in diameter, was 6 feet into the ground and had a 90-degree turn at the end of it, leading into a canal, officials said.

Firefighters dangled a leash down the pipe, in the 2200 block of South Cypress Bend. After Lucy tugged at it a few times, a firefighter was able to lasso the leash around her body to pull her up. The puppy was wet and shaking with minor injuries, fire rescue said.

"Im just so happy she's out," the owner said, according to King.

During Lucy's one-hour rescue, there were no other reports of medical or fire emergencies that would have required firefighters' response, officials said.

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