Central Leader : December 17th 2010
www.centralleader.co.nz Friday, December 17, 2010 Little survivor: A three-day old puppy was rescued from a drain pipe by fire station officers Steve Ciprian, left, and Lyall Kennedy, who used a vacuum cleaner to suck him to safety. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Dog survives ordeal By RHIANNON HORRELL A VACUUM cleaner and a team of quick-thinking fire- fighters have saved the life of a tiny bichon-frise puppy that got stranded down a drain pipe. Rabuka was only three days old when he was acci- dentally dropped down the pipe by his mother. Lynfield resident Margaret Pritchard was shocked to dis- cover the trapped dog and unsuccessfully tried to pull him to safety. But the pipe measures no more than 10cm in diameter and is partially blocked by a steel bar. Mrs Pritchard says her three sons lost their stepdad to cancer in January and so she was determined to save the puppy. Three of the five puppies in the litter have also died. I'm sick of bad news,'' she says. The Mt Roskill fire brigade was called to the Caronia Cres address and station officer Lyall Kennedy was able to lift Rabuka out by using a vacuum cleaner on suction mode. It's an old stormwater drain pipe. It's too small for little arms to reach.'' He says the vacuum cleaner rescue was plan C after the first two attempts failed. Plan A was using an old window-wiper with a noose on the end to snare it. Plan B involved two sticks and some duct tape. So it was a careful approach with a vacuum cleaner.'' Firefighter Steve Ciprian assisted with the rescue and says Rabuka's eyes are not even open yet. The people had tried to get it out. The mum had dropped it down there. My boss got the vacuum cleaner which belonged to the household and put it on suction mode. It was just enough suction to get it out. It was gentle enough not to hurt it.'' He says the mother dog was quite distressed and had to be removed from the situ- ation. Firefighters Paul Grayson and Ashton Wessels also assisted with the rescue. The Pritchard family had also tried to use string to get the puppy out. Rabuka is now around two weeks old. We were so relieved to get him out,'' Ms Pritchard says.
December 15th 2010
December 22nd 2010