Dog rescued after being trapped in drainage pipe for days

8:55 AM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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A Maryville family had given up hope that their dog was ever coming home.

For two weeks they looked for their two-and-a-half year old pit bull, Lil Mama, and found no sign of her.

"I cried... we thought somebody had took her," said her owner, Bridgett Spears.

She shared her phone number with her neighbors and received a call Thursday she never thought she would hear.

"I was so amazed. It was crazy!" Spears said.

Lil Mama was trapped underneath her neighbor's driveway inside a drainage pipe.

Her neighbors heard whining for several days, but didn't know what it was or where it was coming from. Thursday morning, they figured out it was underneath their driveway. They put food on either side to try to lure the animal out.

"Finally it started howling. It smelled the food and we realized it was a dog," said the neighbor, Dennis Cowan.

They called the Blount County Fire Department who were also worried they were in over their heads.

"When we got there, you're like 'wow! We're under black top, we're in a drain, what are we going to do!'" said Blount County Fire Chief Doug McClanahan.

He contacted the highway department, who brought in heavy machinery to dig up the driveway.

After an hour and half, they pulled Lil Mama out, weak but alive.

"[It was] a very successful operation. Good team work from everybody," said Chief McClanahan. The Blount County Sheriff's Office was also called in to help direct traffic.

Spears is calling it her Christmas miracle. She gave Lil Mama a bath, lots of food, and some extra T.L.C.

"She's walking around, getting her strength back; she's becoming herself again," said Spears.

It's unclear how long Lil Mama was inside the pipe. Veterinarian Dr. Ed Lehman said dogs can survive for several weeks without food, but they must have water.

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