Part of Kelly Elliot Road in Arlington, Texas was jackhammered open by first responders to rescue a senior dog missing for over three days.
According to the Arlington Fire Department, 15-year-old Zoe somehow fell into a storm drain.
The emergency crew couldn’t slide into the drainage pipe to rescue the dog, so they used a different tactic.
Heavy machinery, including jackhammers, had to be used to cut away concrete over the pipe, which was was a tedious all-day process. After that, the rescue crew still had to lower themselves down to help extract the dog.
“One of the firemen had an idea to try and find a skateboard to help get into a drainage pipe and try to rescue her,” Arlington Police officer Kristi Weil told NBC DFW.
Luckily, a young boy named Hunter was in the crowd of beauties, and he let the rescuers use his skateboard.
The plan worked, and Zoe was finally freed from the pipe around 10:42 p.m. Zoe was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a nearby veterinarian to be checked out.
“It has been amazing,” Weil told WFAA. “Everyone has been so helpful. There have been cheers of joy and tears when Zoey was rescued.
And I love seeing the community turn out and cheer a successful end to this.
And for a family to have their beloved pet returned to them at the end of the day.”