Woman Braves Sewer Rat to Rescue Dog from Drainage Hole

Elena Trofimenko started out her Friday journey to work as she would any other – passing by street dogs gathered near a bus stop. She noticed one in particular who was wearing a collar and wagging its tail. Street dogs are common in Ukraine, and this one seemed like any other.

A distress call was placed to the FRIEND Animal Shelter later in the day, with witnesses reporting that a dog was at the bottom of a 10-foot deep sewage drain. It is unknown whether he fell or was pushed, but no one from any of the city departments would come help. Many people passed by, but no one paid much attention or was willing to go into the sewer just to help some street dog.

A couple volunteers showed up that evening to help, Elena among them. She was shocked to find that the dog at the bottom of the hole was the same friendly-looking dog she had seen that morning. Another volunteer named Yasmine had a catch pole, and the pair worked together to save the frightened and injured dog.

She lowered herself into the drainage hole. The dog was growling, and Elena did her best to soothe it. She was also scared – a sewer rat was standing by her feet, and she worried she might get bitten. She managed to secure to catch pole’s loop around the dog’s neck, and the two women pulled the dog to safety within half an hour.

“What a way to spend a Friday night,” Elena said, as she loaded the dog into her car. “The boy had a lot of injuries, but overall he feels good. He is about 7 or 8 months old, very playful and active boy!”

Though he was wearing a collar, it had no tags, and Elena and the FRIEND shelter are searching for his owner(s). But had it not been for Elena’s kindness and bravery, this dog would have just been another of the many homeless dogs in Ukraine. SOURCE

Responses to "Brave Woman Descends Sewer for Trapped Homeless Dog"

  1. Unknown says:

    bravo à cette jeune femme courageuse

  2. Ruth says:

    Such a wonderful heartfelt story. Thanks for posting. I wish all beings could be safe, loved and be happy. Sarva mangalam _()_

  3. Unknown says:

    Magnific geste de bonté envers les animaux ! Elena devrait recevoir une médaille pour son courage méritant !!

  4. In a world gone mad with indifference, stories like these renew our faith in human kindness. Way to go Elena & friends!

  5. Anonymous says:

    There are still good people in this world.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I send you many blessings for the kindness and compassion you extended to our fellow creature. Clearly you are a special human being. May you continue to be blessed through all eternity...

  7. rita brittain says:

    you are a wonderful person thank god for people like you xxxxx

  8. Anonymous says:

    Comment peut-on faire ça ...

    heureusement que des personnes comme elle sont là !

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    I also took my Dunya to Holland 4 years ago from Creta she was also dropped in a hole full of dirt as a puppy with her sister an two brothers but God thank they are found and have a happy life now all here in Holland.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Bravo Elena and Yasmine! I hope the dog will find a new loving owner!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic Elena! Keep the dog with you! She couldn't find a better owner!
    Thank God there are wonderful and generous people like you!

  14. Tauruss1 says:

    Thank you Elena and Yasmine. You are awesome pet parents!

  15. Anonymous says:

    So wonderful in life to know that people will do these things to rescue all creatures,alot of humans would have just shrugged their shoulders and moved on.You truly touched my heart.May your blessings be great no matter how big or small.<3

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  17. Phoenix says:

    It makes me feel hope for humanity when I read a story like this ;-)

  18. Anonymous says:

    how wonderful...thank you for saving this puppy.

  19. Anonymous says:

    such a wonderful story,,,, thks u for saving another of god's creaters...

  20. Anonymous says:

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww so much love <3<3<3

  21. Susan1310 says:

    Elena and helper.... the world is a better place, for having you two in it. Thank you. Susan

  22. Anonymous says:

    Elena, you are a wonderful person to be so caring about a furfriend. May you be blessed.

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