Teacup Chihuahuas are called that because of their diminutive size at birth. But it turns out they can also fit inside six-inch sewer drains.
Charlotte firefighters, with help from Piedmont Natural Gas and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police animal control officers, spent three hours Saturday rescuing Lee Lee from an uncapped drain on Plaza Walk Drive.
The vertical drain was uncapped and the tiny dog apparently fell in while playing.
“Every time we would put something down in there to try and get her out, she would crawl further in the pipe,” fire Capt. Brian Barr told WBTV. Chihuahuas weigh no more than 6 pounds.
The rescue took 10 firefighters from Engine 15 and Rescue 3 and a backhoe from Piedmont. Fire crews carefully cut the section near where the dog was wedged and were able to pull her to safety and into the grateful arms of her owner, WBTV reported.
Lee Lee emerged safe and was whisked to a veterinarian to be checked out.