New York: Missing dog rescued from drainpipe by crawling trooper

New York State Trooper Jimmy Rasaphone rescued Lilah the golden retriever from a diver’s pipe (Picture: AP)

A dog missing for days has been rescued from a drain by a state agent after attempts to lure him with peanut butter treats and cheese failed.

Golden retriever Lilah disappeared Friday afternoon near Binghamton, New York. Her owner, Rudy Führer, was walking his two other dogs, both descendants of Lilah, on Sunday morning when he heard a familiar whine.

“I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s Lilah!'” Führer said.

Führer tried to use the human snacks to lure the 13-year-old dog out of the culvert pipe, which lay under a rural road, but the dog did not push it out. Then the Führer decided to use all 911.

State Trooper Jimmy Rasaphone and his partner showed up within minutes. Seeing that he was the smallest of the three, Rasaphone decided to take matters into his own hands.

Rasaphone crawled 5 feet into the narrow pipe, which the Führer estimates was less than two feet in diameter.

“He crouched down and literally disappeared into the hole with a choker-on belt,” said Führer.

“He was able to somehow manipulate his arms and get the choker around the dog’s head.”

Rasaphone emerged with Lilah, both soaked.

The Führer was grateful that the trooper was kind enough to get dirty to save his dog. Lilah’s recovery has gone well and she is walking with her neighbor again.

“Needless to say, I let her out on the phone,” said Fuhrer, “because I didn’t want any more escapades.”

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