The dramatic video captured the moment Ohio firefighters rescued a dog trapped between two concrete walls after disappearing five days earlier.
Cincinnati smoke eaters responded about 9:40 a.m. Sunday to a homeowner’s call about a dog crying behind a garage wall in Thompson Heights, WXIX reported.
Gertie escaped from her home on Tuesday and its owners put up missing posters around the neighborhood.
Vanessa Roland, an area resident who saw a flier, said she alerted a neighbor who owns the garage. The homeowner called the fire department after noticing the dog through a hole in the attic floorboards.
Roland also called the number on the poster to alert dog owners Connie Frick and Lynn Herman.
“She escaped as Lynn walked in the front door of the house on Tuesday … went into the woods,” Frick told the news outlet.
They found Gertie in the garage before but this time the peripatetic pooch did not return immediately.
When firefighters arrive, they realize that Gertie has fallen into a street and is very small between two walls of a nearby garage.
Firefighters had to break the concrete with saws and a sledgehammer to rescue Gertie because they couldn’t lift her from the tight squeeze. After about 10 minutes, they finally ran over the wall and removed the dusty dog with applause.
The dog quickly rushed to his owners, who said he was tired of the test but otherwise OK.
“It’s just so delicious, it just pulls out the little tail of the nub, and he’s just like that, he’s excited,” Frick told WXIX.