YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Trying to beat the heat. A dog on Youngstown’s North Side went a little too far to try and get cool, and got trapped under a shed for about an hour Wednesday afternoon. That’s when the Youngstown Fire Department was called in to help.
“I was in the living room and my son came down to me. He said Arwin’s stuck under the shed,” said dog owner Sharon Sheldon.
Sheldon talked about the moment she found out the family’s 9-year-old Shepard mix was trapped under the shed in their backyard on Gypsy Lane.
“I came down and she was hollering and screaming. I don’t think I’ve ever heard those noises come from her, ever,” Sheldon said.
Sheldon said when she went outside, she looked down and saw the dog on her back. She wasn’t sure if the animal was having trouble breathing.
“We were trying to dig her out, my son and I, my 15-year-old, and we just couldn’t do it. The soil was just too rough and we didn’t know what to do so I panicked and I told my husband to call the fire department,” Sheldon said.
The Youngstown Fire Department quickly responded. Crews from Engine 7, and later Ladder 22, tried digging under the shed and managed to grab her paws but not much else.
They also used a saw to cut the floor and some of the joists, but although Arwin was visible and appeared not to be in any immediate danger, she was still stuck.
Firefighters then decided to jack the floor up, using a 2-and-a-half-ton jack provided by one of Arwin’s humans.
“What we ended up doing is cutting the floor in the shed, loosening the dirt up around its head and eventually pulling it out through the opening in the shed,” said Youngstown Fire Captain Shawn Murray.
Sheldon said the thought of losing her dog terrified her.
“I’m so happy. I love her to death. She’s my baby, and as soon as she came walking out of the shed, came right up to me and gave me kisses, I knew she was gonna be OK,” she said.
Captain Murray says the fire department encounters its fair share of animal rescues, but not to this magnitude.
Arwin received water and oxygen and appeared to be OK. Although, her owners said she will definitely be getting a bath in the near future.