Older, blind dog falls crying and trapped in 15-foot hole until firefighters arrive

Construction sites are generally dangerous places if you don’t belong there. There are all sorts of signs and warnings to keep the unwary away – but that doesn’t help if you’re blind. Or a dog.

And Cesar was both. Cesar, a 13-year-old blind puppy, lives in Pasadena, California with his owner, Mary, and another canine companion.

Construction work had been going on next to Cesar’s house and on Tuesday evening Cesar left the yard and entered one dangerous area on the construction site.

At one point he fell into a hole 3 feet wide and 15 feet deep and was caught. There was no way he could free himself. The other dog, who was still in the yard, started barking, alerting Mary to the problem.

“He’s an old dog,” she said KABC TV. “But he’s still very curious and adventurous.”


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Realizing that Cesar was no longer in the yard and that something must have happened and she heard him crying, she was able to contact the construction supervisor, who in turn contacted the Pasadena Fire Department.

Shortly after 7 p.m firefighters arrived and set up a pulley system to free the poor old people dogbecause the space for a ladder was too narrow.

A fireman was lowered to bring Cesar back up.

“Successful Dog Rescue: Last night our staff performed a technical rescue of a blind dog that fell about 15 feet into a hole at a construction site,” the Pasadena Fire Department Posted on Facebook Wednesday.

“The dog was freed in about 13 minutes. After the rescue, the dog was examined, found unharmed and returned to the owner. Special thanks to Arcadia, South Pasadena and Glendale Fire for helping.”

Cesar appeared to be in good health despite his fall, and both owner and dog seemed relieved their ordeal was over.

“The dog was blind,” Pasadena Fire Chief Chad Augustin said, according to KABC. “It’s a construction site. Confined space rescues are rare and risky.


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“As such, we have to take many steps to ensure that it’s not only as safe as possible for the victim, or in this case the dog, but also for our rescuers.”

Though the stakes were high, Augustin said the firefighters were all proud to be involved in the rescue.

“It always makes us feel good,” he told KABC. “Right? At the end of the day, we’re all animal lovers.

“And I have a dog myself, so we want to make sure we’re not just looking after our residents, but our four-legged friends as well.”

This article originally appeared on The West Journal.

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