A missing 13-year-old golden retriever was found deep in a culvert days after she disappeared.
The senior pup, Lilah, went missing from Binghamton, New York, on Friday, June 24.
Lilah’s owner, Rudy Fuehrer, had been searching for her high and low but had no luck locating her, much to his dismay.
However, the Sunday after Lilah went missing, Rudy was walking his other dogs, Lilah’s puppies, when he heard a familiar sound coming from a culvert pipe.
In an interview with the Associated Press, he explained that he immediately knew it was Lilah making the sound! He quickly rushed to the culvert pipe and tried to coax her out, but to no avail.
Not willing to leave her there, Rudy ended up calling 911 for help.
According to a Facebook post by the New York State Police, two troopers arrived at the scene and decided one of them would have to crawl through the tight culvert to get to Lilah and pull her to safety.
In the end, Trooper “Jimmy” Rasaphone decided to do it and he ended up crawling 15 feet through the dark culvert until he could reach the senior pup. Somehow he managed to get a rope around her collar and pulled her out of the culvert.
Both Pasaphone and Lilah returned from the culvert unharmed, though they were both pretty wet from the ordeal.