Springfield firefighter comforts dying dog after freeing pet from under a log

Source: Pet Rescue Report

A Springfield firefighter comforted a dying dog after police and the fire department responded to a call from a neighbor in the 100 block of N.Hillcrest Road about the dog trapped under a heavy log. According to the Springfield Fire Company’s Facebook, two officers climbed down a slope and tried to move the log. It was too heavy, and so they called the fire department for help.Springfield fire company

Buddy, a 12-year-old Gordon Setter had escaped from his fenced in yard on Monday. His worried owners searched all over for their senior dog including posting notices, checking online and notifying police. Because of Buddy’s age, he was also nearly deaf and blind which made it harder for the dog to find his way back home or for his family and rescuers to locate him. On Tuesday afternoon, however, according to, Buddy was found. He had wedged himself under a log; no one can figure out how it happened. Perhaps the dog had been seeking shelter from the heavy rains on Monday evening?Springfield fire company 3

Most likely trapped for more than 24-hours, Buddy still remained calm as firefighters used a hydraulic ram to lift the log. Within 20 minutes the dog was freed; Firefighter Bob Tracey administered oxygen to the dog as he laid down next to Buddy, giving him a small amount of water and gently patting him for reassurance.springfield fire company2

And with the tenderness reflected of our most admired and brave firefighters and police, Buddy was gently placed in a Springfield patrol car and rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital where the dog was reunited with his family before the decision was made to humanely euthanize him.

Many thanks to our brave men and women who protect not just us, but our beloved four-legged companions. Rest in peace Buddy; you will be missed.

Many thanks to our brave men and women who protect not just us, but our beloved four-legged companions. Rest in peace Buddy; you will be missed.

(Photos of Buddy’s rescue courtesy of Springfield Fire Company)

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Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna has been a freelance writer for the last eight years. During that time, I developed into the top writer for on the subject of animal rescue and advocacy. I am passionate about animal welfare and have been instrumental in the rescue of thousands of dogs, horses, cats and assorted other sentient creatures needing their voices heard. On July 1, 2016, closed. By July 4, the Pet Rescue Report was created; we average between 30,000 and 40,000 hits on any single day. We are avid users of social media and use our Facebook, Twitter and other social media links to advance our readership. I was also involved in customer service, and was an active participant on Service - a blog started by my son who has now graduated from Duke. I have an advanced degree in Journalism. After college, I taught American Literature in a New Jersey high school. I then went on to teach Journalism at one of our local colleges. For the past 15 years I have lived in South Florida; here I also volunteer time teaching those men and women recovering from drug and alcohol how to journal to express their thoughts - thus hopefully making a difference in their lives. Pet Rescue Report on Facebook (over 40,000 followers) -