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SPCA investigator, woman rescue trapped dog from drainage ditch

by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 30 at 10:41 PM

HOUSTON -- Rescuers pulled a trapped starving dog from a drainage ditch after a driver heard it barking underground in southeast Houston on Friday.

The man was at a stop sign on Wayside near Beltway 8 when he heard the barks and called for help.

An SPCA investigator and a woman who lives nearby worked together to rescue the black Spaniel Retriever mix.

Robin O’Neill said her husband heard the dogs bark coming from  the drainage ditch.

O’Neill jumped into a concrete hole and coaxed the dog. She used ground up hamburger meat to lure the dog close enough.

It worked.

She put a leash around its neck and helped raise it to safety.

O’Neill said “it was an adrenaline rush” to help rescue the dog.

The SPCA believes the dog had not eaten for two weeks and was about 20 pounds underweight.

It’s not clear how long the dog was in the hole.

The drainage pipe is missing a metal grate covering.  The coverings can help prevent people and animals from entering the drains, however many of them have been stolen.

The dog will be held at the SPCA and put  up for adoption if it is not claimed by next Wednesday.