GOOCHLAND, Va. (WRIC) — Firefighters rescued a Golden Retriever from the bottom of a deep well in Goochland.
The puppy’s owners say Beasley fell in after a maintenance man left the 35-foot well uncovered.
“We could just kind of hear echoes of the dog barking and yelping and whining, splashing, kind of struggling,” says Katherine Allen. She is Beasley’s mom.
Goochland First Responders couldn’t get to the dog so they tossed inflatables into the well.
Beasley was struggling in about three feet of water.
“The dog immediately latched onto those,” explained Goochland Fire-Rescue & Emergency Services Deputy Chief Eddie Ferguson, “Laid his head on those and started to breathe a little bit a sigh of relief.”
Then the Technical Rescue Team from the Henrico Fire Department joined the effort.
One of its firefighters repelled down into the dark well and rescued Beasley.
“We were all happy, hugging, handshaking. It was a good feeling once he was out,” says Goochland Animal Protection Officer Alicia Kurz.
“Definitely happy to see him finally out of the well because he had been in there for almost over an hour,” added Beasley’s dad Doug Harris.
Beasley looked frightened and confused moments after firefighter’s plucked him from the bottom of the well.
His body temperature was about ten degrees lower than normal because of all that time in the water.
The seven-month-old puppy is in doggie ICU with fluid in his lungs and around his heart. The next 24 hours are critical to his recovery.
Beasley is receiving great medical care but it’s expensive.
His vet bill is already at $6000 so his parents have created a Go Fund Me campaign.