A dog in Kansas found herself stuck between a rock and a hard place when she became trapped underneath a concrete slab for 13 days.
Lucy, a miniature dachshund, went missing on April 3 when her owner, Rebecca Felix, left town to visit a sick family member. She left Lucy as well as their Jack Russell Terrier, Thor, under the care of her husband who would let them play outside in their fenced-in backyard while he went to work for the day.
Lucy went missing on the second day.
“I was devastated,” said Felix. “Our assumption was that she got out, but we couldn’t find anywhere where she could have gotten out.”
As it turned out, Lucy had dug a hole on the side of the house that went under a concrete slab that supported an air-conditioning unit. When she got four feet below the concrete, she became stuck.
“Every day we would go out and walk the yard and call her, hoping if she was anywhere near, in the area, she would hear us and maybe bark,” Felix told reporters. “We heard nothing.”
After 10 days, Thor would take them to where Lucy was underground, though her owners could not figure out why he wanted to go there.
It wasn’t until last Thursday that they heard Lucy barking underneath the concrete. Felix’s husband then employed an app that played a high pitch dog whistle, prompting Lucy to bark more.
Hearing the sound underneath the concrete, Felix’s husband dug another hole on the other side and found Lucy’s nose and eyes poking out from the dirt.
After calling 911, the fire department as well as police officials arrived on the scene to help remove the trapped canine. She was then transported to the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Wichita. There she was diagnosed with “starvation and dehydration,” and “severe corneal ulceration,” according to The Wichita Eagle.
“We can’t believe there was no organ failure,” said veterinarian at Rainbow Valley Veterinary Clinic, Kelly Miller. “Fourteen days without water, you expect the kidneys to have not survived through that. She somehow managed to make it. It’s amazing.”
Now Lucy just has to go back to the vet every now and again for check ups to see how she is doing.
For Felix, the incident is nothing short of a miracle.
“It really is a miracle that God gave me back Lucy right before her birthday,” said Felix, “and if she could talk, we’d be able to write a book about it.”
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