Golden Retriever Rescued from Well

Clarington, ON – Another happy ending close to home.  On Friday May 31, 2013, about 50 kms East of Toronto in a small community called Port Granby, the Hunter family were fearing for the life of their 4 year old golden retriever, Harley.

Kailey, Kim, Colton and "Harley" Hunter / Sabrina Byrnes - Metroland

Kailey, Kim, Colton and “Harley” Hunter / Sabrina Byrnes – Metroland

The Hunters were visiting friends when they realized Harley was missing.  Harley’s owner Kim Hunter said she heard what sounded like a dog in a tunnel.  The neighbors have an open well on their property, and sure enough, that is where Harley was found.  He was very afraid and treading water and crying.

The Clarington Fire Department arrived and a firefighter climbed down the well on a ladder and carried Harley to safety.   Harley immediately collapsed from exhaustion and his paws were worn and bloody. He was in the well for over an hour. He also suffered a split tongue, possibly from biting it in the fall.  He still has a little trouble walking, says owner Kim Hunter.

After a checkup at the vet, Harley was home the same night, and able to celebrate his 4rth birthday on June 03.  Happy Birthday Harley!  I’m so glad they found you in time!

I hope the neighbor with the open well is fined accordingly.  Clarington Deputy Fire Chief Bill Hesson says well rescues are rare ” Wells are supposed to be covered and a well animal rescue is unusual, but firefighters went above the call of duty to save Harley.”

They sure did.  Thank you Clarington Fire Department.

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