It took nearly 45 minutes, a Bobcat loader and a heavy chain, but Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews managed to free a puppy that wedged itself in between concrete light poles piled in a Redland park.
Workers at the Natural Areas Management at Southwest 134th Avenue and 222 Street spotted the puppy in distress and called the fire department for help.
Lt. Scott Mullin said the puppy, which was between 1 and 3 months old, fell deeper into the pile as it struggled to get out.
“There is no way it could have gotten out on its own,” said Mullin.
With the help of some Miami-Dade parks equipment and workers, firefighters "meticulously" moved the 5,000-pound poles to free the pup.
The pup, who Mullin said likely suffered injuries from being stuck, was taken to a local veterinarian.
Mullin said rescuing animals comes with the territory.
“It's what we do,” he said. “We are fortunate to have the assets to save lives, whether its humans or animals.”