A little dog, described by firefighters as looking like Santa’s Little Helper, the family pooch from the long-running cartoon hit “The Simpsons,” needed some help of its own Saturday afternoon.
About 2 p.m., a woman walking in a field behind DOT Foods, on Nickerson Drive west of Ceres, called 911 when her dog fell about 20 feet down an open irrigation pipe. The dog landed on the concrete surface of a horizontal pipe that intersected the vertical one. But firefighters – who had to put ladders over a razor-wire-topped fence to get to it – could see it wagging its tail.
A ladder was put down the pipe and Modesto Fire Department Capt. Ron Lee made a “confined space entry,” in full gear including an air tank on his back, to rescue the animal. The dog could be heard yipping as he picked it up, and within just a couple of minutes was back on the surface.
It ran off by itself for a moment when set down, then saw the woman and went to her. An animal control officer had the woman pick up the dog and move its hind legs to ensure it was uninjured. When she and the officer were satisfied the dog was OK, off she and it went back across the field.
The response to the incident drew at least an engine, a truck, another fire vehicle, a big rescue truck and a battalion chief.
Deke Farrow: 209-578-2327