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Flushed puppy rescued by plumber

A week-old cocker spaniel was trapped in a waste pipe for almost four hours after twin boys decided he need a bath — and opted to give him one in the toilet.

Four-year-olds Daniel and Nicky Blair had taken the pup for a walk in the garden, according to Alison Blair, the mother of the twins and five other children.

“About an hour later I realized the dog was missing and asked the boys where he was, Alison told the Daily Mirror. “Daniel told me it had got muddy so they put it in the toilet and pulled the chain to give it a wash. I ran into the bathroom but the dog was nowhere to be seen. I assumed it was dead.”

Alison decided to check the drain outside. When she lifted the cover, the dog couldn’t be seen, but he could be heard whimpering.

Firefighters were the first to respond to the home in Northolt, Middlesex, but were unable to reach the pup. The Royal SPCA sent a representative as well. But it took a plumber to perform the rescue.

Will Craig, 22, a plumbing specialist for Dyno-Rod used a special camera to locate the pup – wedged in the pipe 20 yards away under a neighbour’s house. Then, apparently using the camera, on a telescoping rod, they gently nudged him towards the nearest manhole cover where a firefighter pulled him to safety.

After a night at the local vets, named “Dyno,” after his rescuers, was given a clean bill of health.

“I never thought a dog could survive being flushed down the loo.” Alison said. “He’s a real little fighter.” As for Nicky and Daniel, they’ve promised not to give the dog a bath in the loo again.


Comment from Mary Haight
Time June 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm

…and I expect to hear via PR release that the”Flush Puppies” product to bag doggie doo regrets what happened to the puppy and does not encourage actually flushing puppies. In order to clarify the matter they will affix a new warning label to their packaging…

Comment from GRunt Gruntson
Time June 15, 2009 at 1:55 pm

What was a one-week old puppy doing outside to get muddy in the first place?
Why were young children left in charge of a puppy this young without adult supervision?
A puppy of this age shouldn’t be away from it’s mother at all
The children’s mother should get a stiff talking to from the RSPCA

Comment from Thereasa
Time June 15, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I have a real problem with parents leaving 4 year old kids alone with a puppy. Also, week old? how can that be?

Comment from bluhawkk
Time June 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm

A WEEK old?!!!!!!

Comment from Mary Haight
Time June 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I would be surprised if the RSPCA isn’t giving this a hard look, and papers there do scold and shame people. But for the moment, everyone must be very relieved that the puppy survived this nightmare at all.

A 40 year old mother of 7??? Did I read that right? Jeez, maybe no pets would be a better idea since she didn’t notice the puppy was gone for an hour.

Check out the original video–the child’s handling of the puppy–made me cringe! These kids are too young to be trusted. And the mother says “accidently flushed”…

Comment from bluhawkk
Time June 16, 2009 at 4:59 am

Where is the pup’s mom? Does the family have **groan** the mom and litter? Surely he/she has not been separated from mom.

Comment from rt
Time June 16, 2009 at 7:39 am

I m shocked at this woman. I’d like to register a complaint, on so many counts. She shouldn’t have separated the week old pup from the mum & littermates this young. She should NOT have left a pup unattended with a 4 yr old child. The pup shouldn’t have been in the garden getting muddy. She should be banned from keeping pets and so on. Any ideas where I can complain?

Comment from BeenThere
Time June 16, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Parents should NEVER let little kids or unattended kids in general alone with animals. My parents did the same, and I have horrible regrets on the stupid, cruel, or lethal things we did as tiny kids, guilt that will last a lifetime and makes me heartsick. We absolutely did NOT have the empathy or knowledge that we have now as mature adults. Yes, there were times we’d get caught, and we’d swear we’d stop, but the minute the parents’ backs were turned, we’d be naughty again.
There’s no excuse for it, unattended kids do not need to be around fragile, dependent animals.
Really, the puppy should’ve been taken away.

Comment from Daniel
Time July 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I heard about this! Amazing!