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Letter to the editor: Thank you for rescuing dog

Posted: January 3, 2012 - 8:08pm  |  Updated: January 11, 2012 - 2:38am

Dear Editor,

Yesterday afternoon (Dec. 28) I was walking my pit bull, Louie, near the North Augusta Brick Ponds. There is an area away from the park where I like to take him off-leash so he can run free. I was enjoying the beautiful landscape, when I noticed my dog had suddenly disappeared. I had not taken my eyes off of him for more than 30 seconds so it was kind of weird that I couldn't spot him immediately.

That's when I heard noises coming from the bottom of a huge pit. This pit is the width of two to three swimming pools with brick sides going straight down about 15 feet.

I looked down to see my poor dog with a face full of mud looking up at me in confusion and desperation - he must have taken a flying leap onto the wall and ended up crashing face first into the slushy mud at the bottom.

There is absolutely no entrance or exit to this pit, except the way Louie got in. The North Augusta police department was called and Officer Rowland was first on the scene.

Officer Rowland called the fire department to bring a ladder and assistance. North Augusta Public Safety officers are cross-trained and carry a fireman's suit in their trunk, so Officer Rowland changed uniforms and went into the pit with my pit bull. 

Although Louie looks ferocious, he is quite sweet, but it was almost dark and my dog was scared and confused- I think Officer Rowland showed great courage going down with him alone. After a few minutes we were able to bring Louie up to dry land with only a small cut on his lip.

I want to say THANK YOU so much to North Augusta's Public Safety officers and especially to Officer Rowland. I felt awful about taking up their time to rescue my dog, but they all assured me that it was fine and they were happy to help. I feel so lucky to live in a town that has the resources and compassion shown by our public safety officers to actually take the time to rescue my dog.

I think many cities would tell me to call animal control or just turn their back on the entire situation. One of the firemen on the scene said, “That's the beauty of living in a small community.” Amen to that!

Thank you to all those who helped. You guys are THE BEST!

Diane Maloney

North Augusta

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