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Maryland firefighters hoist dog from storm drain

It wasn't raining cats and dogs in Maryland, on Tuesday, but animal rescue workers from Prince George's County showed up to save a frightened pooch who had found his way into a 25-foot deep storm drain.

County firefighters and medics were sent out at about 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon after a Laurel resident reported hearing cries and whimpers from the bottom of a storm drain that he himself had almost tumbled into, the Washington Post reports.

City officials say that the drain's cover had been dislodge by a passing snow plow.

Upon arriving at the scene, the rescuers made the quick decision to save the fallen pup and prevent a local citizen from attempting their own amateur rescue effort.

Mike Brady of the Prince George's County Fire department told the news source, "Compassionately, we always want to make the rescue, but we also have to bear in mind risks versus benefits."

After 10 minutes of maneuvering a rope-and-pulley system, the rescuers pulled up a healthy chow-black Labrador retriever mix, which is currently being held at the local animal control facility.

According to the ASPCA, more than 10 million pets are lost in America each year.
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