Shelly, an 11-year-old Delray Beach family's pointer, stirred up the neighbourhood on Tuesday night when the 96-pound dog fell into an open septic tank and prompted a rescue by Delray Beach Fire Rescue and Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. Late in the evening authorities got a peculiar call: Shelly had somehow fallen into the septic tank.
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The tank was open in the front yard because it needed some work, the family told authorities. Most of the waste had been pumped out of the tank by a septic worker before Shelly fell in. When the family found their beloved pooch, Shelly was sitting in faeces, 6 feet below ground. How she got there remains a mystery.
Rescue crews arrived a short time later. It was unclear if Shelley was hurt. Crews quickly put on yellow protective suits and orange boots and built a make-shift webbing harness, pre-fitted using the family's other dog. Both dogs are similar in size.
Emergency workers then set up a tripod and winch system, which is typically used to rescue dogs. A worker descended into the tank and wrapped Shelley's body in the harness, then attached it to the tripod. Another worker manned a crank from above and hauled Shelly out of the hole. Shelly appeared unharmed, but rescue crews encouraged the family to follow up with their veterinarian.