Contra Costa County firefighters rescue dog trapped in raw sewage basin

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Contra Costa County Fire Protection District crews rescued a dog Friday that had been trapped and soaking in raw sewage at a Richmond water treatment plant.
All photos courtesy of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Crews from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and Animal Control officers rescued a dog Friday that was trapped in a raw sewage basin at a Richmond water treatment plant.

The incident was reported at about 10:30 a.m. at the West County Wastewater District treatment plant on Garden Tract Road, just off the Richmond Parkway, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.

Crews from Engines 69 and 70 and Animal Control officers managed to successfully pull the pooch, described as a female pitbull mix, out from the vault, which was “halfway filled with raw sewage.” It was not known how the dog ended up there or how long she had been there, Marshall said.

“She was pretty freaked out,” Marshall said.

Animal Control took her to be treated for dehydration at its Martinez facility. Otherwise her condition was “pretty good,” the fire marshal said.

The fire department posted photos of the rescue effort on Facebook:

Crews prepare to open the holding basin:

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Crews attempting to get a rope around the dog:

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Animal control officer also attempting to get a hold of the dog:

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Animal control officer also attempting to get a hold of the dog. It was the last picture posted before the dog’s rescue:

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