Firefighters help rescue struggling dog from creek

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POSTED: Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 5:04pm

Wichita, Kansas fire crews put their skills to the test Thursday after a dog became submerged in a rain-swollen canal.

John Huy was walking his dog Taz near the canal when the dog became spooked by a lightning strike and jumped into the water.

"The dog was scared I ran into another gentleman here, and we started talking until the rain subsided. The dog was fidgety so I turned him loose. He goes out into the creek, and he gets under a ledge," Huy said.

Fire crews used dive gear, a chainsaw and a camera to pull Taz from the water.

"We realize pets are an important part of families, and we tried really hard and succeeded this time," said Captain Michael Wells.

After about two hours, Taz was finally free.

"Enormous job on everyone, and I thank everyone of them. They all went the extra mile," said Huys.

Taz bit a firefighter in the hand during the rescue, but he is expected to be okay.

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