Maple Ridge firefighters have a long track record of rescuing animals in distress. But on Sunday, June 14, 2020, they were called to something out of the ordinary – a report of a puppy trapped inside a couch. (file)

B.C. firefighters rescue puppy from inside couch (yes, inside)

It’s a first, deputy fire chief says

In 16 years as a firefighter, Maple Ridge deputy fire chief Michael Van Dop has seen his share of animal rescues.

“We’ve had cats in trees and ducks down a drain,” Van Dop told Black Press Media.

“We do all sorts of interesting things.”

Sunday, June 14, however, was a first for Van Dop and several of the firefighters on duty.

A call came in around the noon hour that a dog had somehow become trapped inside a couch, and the owners were unable to extract it.

Firefighters arrived to find the dog in question was an extra-tiny pooch that had somehow managed to slip into a crack and ended up inside a recliner.

When one of the owners tried moving the chair back to help get the puppy out, it actually ended up making matters worse by pushing the dog in deeper, Van Dop related.

When the firefighters were done, the dog was free and no worse for wear, but the same couldn’t be said of the furniture.

“We ended up cutting the chair apart a bit,” Van Dop remarked.

A pleased group of firefighters were able to reunite the puppy with its grateful owners.

“It was a nice win for the guys,” Van Dop commented.

Other recent animal rescues by Maple Ridge Fire and Rescue have included two visits to help a horse that got stuck in a muddy pasture in January.

READ ALSO: Horse rescued twice by Maple Ridge fire department

It took two and a half hours to get it up and walking the first time.

When it collapsed in a stall, the crew spent two hours and 45 minutes to get the horse moving again.

One firefighter was kicked in the shins by the horse during the rescue but did not require a trip to hospital.

READ ALSO: Dog rescued in Maple Ridge after getting swept into fast-flowing culvert

In February, Maple Ridge firefighters rescued a Labrador-collie cross that was swept into a culvert in Golden Ears Provincial Park.

Fire chief Howard Exner said that rescue took around three hours.



dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

animal welfarefireMaple Ridge

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

RCMP cruiser damaged while responding to second of three Sidney crashes

Multiple crashes cause delays in both directions on Highway 17

Hotel workers gather in Victoria, demand right to return to work

Workers also asking the government to make sure employers don’t use pandemic to replace them

Victoria archery club says goodbye to outdoor range in View Royal

Province-owned View Royal property will house handyDART facility

MISSING: Victoria woman dubbed high-risk, last seen mid-June

Kristy Bolton is known to frequent the Rock Bay area

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

UPDATE: Vancouver Island skydiving community mourns loss of one of its own

James Smith, 34, of Victoria, dies in Nanoose Bay incident

Elizabeth May endorses Furstenau in BC Greens race

Former federal party leader backs Cowichan Valley MLA

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Most Read