Dog rescued after 30 hours trapped in drain

Scamp the 18-year-old dog was rescued from a drain in Brighton after his owner Craig Guild heard barks for help. Photo: Renee McKeown.
Scamp the 18-year-old dog was rescued from a drain in Brighton after his owner Craig Guild heard barks for help. Photo: Renee McKeown.

EMERGENCY vehicles and news crews rushed to Brighton last week as firefighters rescued a scared little dog who was trapped in drain pipes for 30 hours.

Corgi cross Scamp was reunited with his owner Craig Guild after a terrifying ordeal underneath Dunne Street on March 7.

The 18-year-old dog was all over the news as television crews filmed the scene and Queensland watched on for the little dog's rescue and recovery.

Mr Guild said Scamp spent the night at an animal hospital and, when he came home, there were news crews waiting for him.

"He was severely dehydrated when he was examined by the vet," he said.

"We picked him up the next day and he hasn't left my sight. He's great, back to his old self again."

Scamp happily sat for news crews in front of his owner's DeLorean and even got a cuddle from Nine News presenter Sophie Walsh. Mr Guild said Scamp was on every news bulletin so he definitely had his 15 minutes of fame.

The dog went missing on Sunday night, March 6 just as Mr Guild and his wife were getting ready to go out.

"We scoured for him up and down the street," Mr Guild said.

"I was terrified that if he got out of the yard he wouldn't be able to get back."

Scamp is deaf and half blind and Mr Guild was afraid he might have walked off to find some-where to die.

"At 4pm on Monday I put the TV on mute and I heard a yelp.

"When I heard him down there (in the drain) I called the Sandgate Fire Brigade and they responded within five minutes.

"It was a mixture of excitement and grief. I knew he was alive but for how long.

"He'd been down there for 30 hours and they were trying to get him out with jack hammers."

Four hours later the little dog was freed by Emergency Response Units and Sandgate firefighters.

"The word hero is thrown around far too much these days but our emergency services really are heroes," Mr Guild said.

"The firefighter said it was an innocent life that needed to be saved."

Mr Guild said he hoped that when the drain was fixed it would be cleared up to prevent flooding in the area and made safer for children.

"My fear now is that if my dog can fall down into a storm water drain, how easy would it be for a child to do the same," he said.

In the meantime guardrails and orange safety fencing have been erected around the hole and Scamp is making a full recovery.

Mr Guild said it tore him up when he thought Scamp was gone forever as he was the last connection with his late mother.

"To have him given back to me was better than winning the lotto. Money is nice to have, but he's my best friend," he said.

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