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Puppy rescued from well in Gorman; firefighters complete the operation unharmed

January 25, 2010 | 12:17 pm

Crews that rescued a puppy trapped in a well in Gorman said today that the dog did not try to bite anyone as it was carried to safety.

Unlike the German shepherd that bit a firefighter who fished it out of the Los Angeles River last week in pouring rain, the puppy in Gorman was cooperative Sunday and patiently waited for a team of about a dozen firefighters to set it free, said Inspector Frederic Stowers of the L.A. County Fire Department.

“The hole the dog was trapped in was about 3- by 5-feet wide and about 24 feet deep,” Stowers said. “The dog was in good condition after being rescued and has been turned over to animal control.”

Authorities do not know exactly when or how the dog fell into the hole at North 300 Street and West Aqueduct Service Road. When rescuers arrived about 2:15 p.m. Sunday, the animal did not appear to be under distress, Stowers said.

A 24-foot-long ground ladder was used to reach into the well to retrieve the dog. Television news footage showed the puppy licking the firefighter on the face and arm as he was being placed in a duffle bag to be carried away.

So far, no one has come forward to claim the puppy, Stowers said.

-- Ching-Ching Ni