It was the happy ending everyone hoped to see after a rescue effort that lasted for hours along King Arthur Avenue in Davie.
A Pomeranian puppy named Sugar slipped into a pipe while playing in the front yard of his home Monday afternoon.
“All of the sudden he just fell bottom first,” owner Simone Walker said.
Sugar slipped out of view, but for a while his cries could still be heard through the pipe.
His owners called for help, and what started as a simple rescue attempt, firefighters sticking their arms into the pipe where the pup disappeared, quickly grew into about a major operation.
A backhoe was brought in to dig up the dirt around the pipe.
Then, fire crews pumped in fresh air to make sure the dog could breathe.
Utility crews came out to assist and used a robotic cameras to try to locate Sugar within the sewer system.
As time went on, the fear grew.
“We reached that point where you’re not hearing the dog anymore so you’re not sure how your efforts are gonna turn out,” added Battalion Chief Jorge Gonzalez, with Davie Fire Rescue.
Finally, about four hours after Sugar disappeared inside the sewer system a robotic camera caught a glimpse of something shiny.
“We could see a little flicker every once in awhile sort of what seemed to be a flashlight and it was actually once we got closer the dog turning hearing the little robotic camera coming behind him,” Gonzalez said.
The camera showed a scared Sugar, walking through water.
Crews used the camera to chase the puppy toward a rescuer who had lowered himself into a manhole.
“The camera scared him into the arms of the waiting rescuer on the other end,” Gonzalez said.
Sugar emerged from his underground adventure a little dirty and a little wet, but after a warm welcome and some extra oxygen, he seemed content to be back in the arms of his family.
And his family is grateful for everyone who helped bring him home.