Shepherd OK after rescue from storm drain

News Center 7 Northern Bureau Reporter Steve Baker reports that the dog, Bella, was let out by her owner in the morning and did not come home.

Sometime later a woman heard barking coming from a storm drain in the 500 block of Franklin Avenue.

Public Works employees were called at approximately 2:30 p.m. to help the 7-month-old dog out of the storm drain.

City workers used a camera on wheels to see where the dog was stuck.

The workers tried to coax her out of the drain but Bella was not ready to come out, Public Works Director Gary Clough said.

Bella’s owner told the workers that she is afraid of water. Workers used a jet sprayer on low pressure to flush Bella out.

A scared but unhurt Bella came out another storm drain about 200 feet away, Clough said.

A backhoe was on the scene but it was not needed.

“The owner scooped her up and took her home,” Clough said.