Life is sweet again for Sugar after being trapped underground for more than four hours in Davie on Monday.
The 2-month-old Pomeranian fell into an open pipe on the front lawn of his home in the 5300 block of King Arthur Avenue around 2 p.m., according to his owner, Simone Walker.
"This is my first time seeing that [open pipe]," she said. "I actually saw [him fall in] and I called the fire-rescue."
The scruffy, cream-colored puppy slipped backward into the 6-inch-wide pipe that dropped about 3 feet down before turning 90 degrees to join a water and sewage drain about 15 feet away under King Arthur Avenue.
About 20 Davie firefighters, Davie police officers and Sunrise utility workers, along with three fire engines and a backhoe, converged on the quiet street.
Dawn Goldburgh was among the dozens of neighbors watching the methodical rescue operation.
"It breaks my heart," she said. "I would be hysterical, crying, if I were the owner."
Two hours into the rescue the puppy's whining and barking still could be heard, Battalion Chief Jorge Gonzalez said. "We heard some sounds so we feel the puppy is still alive," he said. "We are blowing air [into the pipe] just to keep the atmosphere clear so the puppy is able to breathe."
Firefighters dug up the lawn around the pipe, a backhoe dug deeper to remove the pipe, and the utility crew snaked a camera cable into the tube but there was no sign of Sugar.
The utility workers then opened manhole covers at both ends of the street and had a remote-controlled mobile camera drive through the drainage system.
"We're trying to isolate him between two areas so he doesn't go in any other direction," Gonzalez said.
The camera spotted Sugar, Sunrise water distribution supervisor Frank Verardi went down into the drain and handed the dog up through the manhole to a firefighter, who passed the shaking puppy to Walker and relative Lorenzo Crout-Flint.
"At first I had my doubts because it took so many hours," he said. "We're just so relieved."
The puppy was bounding around playfully after the rescue, showing no signs of any injury.
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