If you think you've had a bad day, spare a thought for this little pup; at only a few months old, he had found himself neck-deep in waste, stuck in a collapsed septic drain. Though he cried out in alarm, his calls went unheard – until local deputies from Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County happened by, that is. Scared and exhausted, the puppy was only just able to hold his head above the waste levels, and he had to be rescued with a catchpole due to his fright.
"He had been balancing on his back legs to keep his head above the water. I don't know how long he had been in there. His hind legs weren’t working once we pulled him out," explained Deputy James Gettings, who was on the scene to rescue the pup.
Luckily, the puppy had been found just in time, though he needed several baths to get him clean. Following a series of vaccinations, and after being given a clean bill of health, the plucky pup was free to move into his new home – with the Deputy, wife Rachael, daughter Evelyn, and Basset Hound Lacie. Despite their best efforts, and plenty of flyers posted around the local neighborhood, the dog's original pet parent was never found.
What do you call a dog that you've rescued from a septic drain? Puddles, of course – which we think suits him down to the ground.
There had been some concerns regarding Puddles psychological state, as many puppies that are abandoned go on to display behavioral issues. "Nothing could keep Puddles down. He was a happy dog," said Humane Society Public Information Officer, David Lynch.
Deputy Gettings concurs: "He loves being home." We're not surprised! Enjoy your new home, Puddles – you certainly deserve to be clean, warm, and loved from now on.