Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped Under Pool

By Julie Tam
|  Thursday, Mar 10, 2011  |  Updated 12:00 AM CDT
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It took almost 24 hours to rescue a dog named Molly in North Dallas.

Julie Tam, NBCDFW.com

It took almost 24 hours to rescue a dog named Molly in North Dallas.

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A Dallas rescue team freed a dog last week that dug her way under her owners' pool after nearly 24 hours.

Molly, a 3-year-old Yorkshire terrier poodle loves to explore the back yard and dig, but she went a little too far March 3.

She crawled under a deck near the pool and dug the sand underneath the concrete around the pool. She managed to crawl about 15 feet through a tunnel before she got stuck.

"She was barking a while like she was having a good time," said her owner, 14-year-old Isabel Isaac. "After a while, she got kind of quiet. And then she started whimpering. Then she started kind of yelping."

The whole family could hear her barking from under the pool's concrete border.

The Isaacs called 911 in a panic, but dispatchers told them no help would be coming.

But Dallas-Fire Rescue sent its Urban Search and Rescue team when the family made a second 911 call.

First, firefighters deployed a listening device to pinpoint Molly's location. Next, they shoveled out large amounts of dirt, drilled a hole in the concrete wall under the pool and sent in a search camera to find Molly.

Once she saw a hole big enough, she dug her way out, covered in dirt and sand after her 23 hours underground.

The rescue caused little damage to the Isaacs' back yard.

"That was just a lot of relief," Isaac said. "They did an amazing job. We were like, 'Is it going to be the deck or the dog?' We got to keep both."

The Isaacs said they patched up all the holes around the deck, so Molly hopefully won't get stuck again.

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