If you don’t belong there, construction zones are often dangerous places to be. There are all kinds of signs and warnings to keep the unwary away, but if you’re blind, that won’t help. Or a dog.
Both of those things were true of Cesar. Cesar is a blind dog who is 13 years old and lives in Pasadena, California, with his owner, Mary, and another dog.
Cesar’s house was next to a construction site, and on Tuesday night, Cesar left his yard and wandered into a dangerous part of the work site.
At some point, he fell into a hole that was 3 feet wide and 15 feet deep, and he was stuck. There was no way for him to get out. The other dog, which was still in the yard, started to bark, which let Mary know something was wrong.
She told KABC-TV, “He’s an old dog.” “But he’s still very curious and willing to try new things.”
Cesar wasn’t in the yard anymore, so she knew something bad must have happened. She was able to call the construction foreman, who then called the Pasadena Fire Department.
Just after 7 p.m., the firefighters arrived and set up a pulley system to free the poor old dog because the space was too small to use a ladder.
Cesar was brought back up by lowering a firefighter down.
The Pasadena Fire Department wrote on FB on Wednesday, “Successful dog rescue: Last night, our staff did a Technical Rescue of a blind dog who fell about 15 feet into a hole at a construction site.”
“It took about 13 minutes to get the dog out. After the dog was saved, it was checked to make sure it wasn’t hurt, and then it was given back to its owner. Thanks especially to Arcadia, South Pasadena, and Glendale Fire for helping.”
Even though Cesar fell, he seemed to be in good health, and both he and his owner seemed happy that the ordeal was over.
The Pasadena Fire Chief, Chad Augustin, told KABC that the dog was blind. “This is a building site. Rescues from confined spaces happen rarely and are dangerous.
“Therefore, there are a lot of things we need to do to make it as safe as possible for not only the victim, who in this case is the dog, but also for the people who are helping.”
Augustin said that even though the rescue was risky, all of the firefighters were proud to be a part of it.
He told KABC, “It always makes us feel good.” “Right? At the end of the day, we all love animals.
“I have a dog of my own, so we want to make sure that not only our residents, but also our furry friends, are taken care of.”