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Dog trapped at bottom of 40-foot pit rescued

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 06:31 PM EDT
SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE, Ohio (WKRC) -- Cincinnati firefighters used their rescue skills Thursday on an unusual victim-- a two-month old puppy found at the bottom of an unused city incinerator.

"When I came to work this morning at six, I heard a dog crying." Public Services worker John Peoples followed the sound, and saw the puppy 40 feet down, in the bottom of an unused, garbage-strewn city incinerator. "And I looked over the pit and I seen the little dog walking around in the pit, and I called to it and it ran under a skid and hid there."

Firefighters and the SPCA were called. A series of fire department pictures shows how the dog was rescued. Rappelling equipment was set up and firefighters went down the side of the pit, scooped up the puppy and brought her to safety.

"Any idea how it got down there? That's a question. Some people think that some kids may have thrown the dog down there as a prank." But if that were true, the dog probably would have been hurt or even killed. 

Another possibility, there's a nest in the old incinerator where stray dogs sometimes go and have puppies. Perhaps the puppy found a safe way down to the pit.

The dog was taken to the SPCA shelter in Northside where she is getting shots. The fire department named the dog Smokey, certainly a good firefighter name.

"It seems healthy, just hungry and scared." The dog was a stray with no tags. If no owner comes forward to claim her and her health remains good, the puppy will be put up for adoption in several days.

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