Firefighters rescue puppies from culvert in San Carlos Park

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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Firefighters saved four puppies trapped in a culvert for more than three hours in San Carlos Park.

Susana Olmos says her dog Lilly decided to give birth to them Wednesday morning right under the driveway.

“I knew she was due anytime this week. Of course I take her out and we usually don’t use a leash, she’ll just come out here.”

The puppies were about 12 feet in the culvert so firefighters grabbed a nearby pool skimmer, the only thing that would reach, and stuck it inside to fish them out one by one.

“Sometimes she’ll go under my bed and we’ll call her and she doesn’t wanna come out, so I told my son give her some space, maybe she just doesn’t wanna come out.” said Olmos. “But then we put a towel and we started, we got a little flashlight and we saw the little heads.”

Unable to reach the puppies, they called the fire department.

“Every life’s important to us and seeing the smiles on the kids faces as the puppies came out today that makes everything worth it,” said Alexis Rothring with the San Carlos Park Fire Department.

It took firefighters about an hour until they were finally able to get all four puppies out.

Before crews arrived, the puppies had already been in the culvert for about two hours. They were taken to a veterinarian to make sure they’re healthy.


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