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A beagle, a big hole and a bathroom break gone very wrong

Statesville Record & Landmark story on rescued puppy posted online.
Statesville Record & Landmark story on rescued puppy posted online.

A 5-month-old beagle pup named Peter had to be rescued by emergency responders Thursday after it vanished into what proved to be a 20-foot-deep, 1-foot wide hole.

It happened Thursday when Chad Eldridge of Statesville was walking his dog near the Mobil Gas N Snack on Landson Drive, reported the Statesville Record & Landmark.

Peter, the puppy, was “doing his business” in a grassy area when he instantly disappeared, Eldridge told the Record & Landmark.

On investigation, Eldridge found Peter was 20 feet down and freaking out, in a man made hole that was only about a foot in diameter. It had apparently been dug for piping, the Record & Landmark said, and was a perfect fit for the small dog.

Iredell County Rescue emergency responders had to be called, and it took them 15 minutes to hoist the pup up out with a lasso-type device, it was reported.

Peter suffered a few scratches on his face, but appeared to be okay, the Record & Landmark said.

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