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An abandoned dog in an abandoned building

A dog stranded for days on the second floor of an abandoned North St. Louis building was rescued by firefighters.

The yellow-Lab mix was spotted on the ledge of a second floor window of a home that had been empty since a fire years ago, Fox 2 in St. Louis reported.

“The dog was in the front window, teetering on the window ledge there,” said St. Louis firefighter, Warren Sleep. “She’d been up here probably about a week with definitely no way down on her own.”

Randy Grim of Stray Rescue, an animal shelter and rescue group, had been checking on the dog. Each day she refused to come down the rickety stairway inside.

“It was terrifying to see her constantly going into the window sill and looking like she might jump. So we started leaving food, throwing food [up into the window],” Grim said. “The look in her eyes was pure panic and terror: fear…I tried to get up there one time. I fell through one of the stairs and a beam hit me in the head.”

A short time later, Grim flagged down a passing fire truck from Engine Company 9. Firefighters coaxed the dog off the ledge and inside. Grim named the dog “E-9”, after the firefighting team that rescued her.

Just how close E-9 came to going off the ledge can be seen in this video:

E-9 is up for adoption, and neighborhood leaders have planned a “board-up” party this weekend, to seal the windows and doors of the abandoned building and another one next-door.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time November 6, 2009 at 7:00 am

I wish I had money, I wish I had money, I wish I had money…….I would adopt them all.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time November 6, 2009 at 9:49 am

Bluehawk, I say the same thing every time I see one of these stories. She looks like a great dog. I’m sure somebody will have a home for her.

Comment from Marjorie Williams
Time November 6, 2009 at 10:40 am

We live in St. Louis and we are so lucky to have Randy Grim as a part of our community. The passion he brings to his cause and his intense love of animals is completely incredible. A Saint in Training for sure.