Newborn Puppy Rescued from Pipe

Newborn Puppy Rescued from Pipe

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Albert Emerson holds his namesake that he helped rescue from a drain pipe. Albert Emerson holds his namesake that he helped rescue from a drain pipe.

To see him now this little pup looks none the worse for wear but it certainly didn't start out that way.

Just minutes old the pup found it's way into an opening no bigger than a softball and down the drain he went. Thank goodness someone was close by. "He was there working on a plumbing situation and kept hearing this echoing sound kept hearing it and hearing it," says Sherri Smeraglia of Smeraglia Kennels.

A call for help and Albert Emerson with Roto-Rooter answered the call. "The whole time I'm thinking how am I going to get a dog out of drain? Is the dog going to still be alive even."

He's use to roots or grease clogging lines but this time, 56 feet away, he found a puppy.

"Dug it up, cut the pipe pulled my camera back and then pushed the dog slowly all the way out till it come out," says Emerson.

Doing whatever it took to get the little puppy out of the pipe was a no brainer for everybody involved because that puppy like these dogs would eventually serve a higher purpose.

"Every single puppy has a purpose and we know that and we see the outcome and see the joy on peoples faces because they are service and therapy dogs," says Smeraglia.

The dogs trained here will eventually help folks suffering from seizures, autism, diabetes and other disorders.

"This time the dog needed the humans help instead of the human needing the dogs help. I was glad to be there to help em," says Emerson. And for that, this little guy now has a name. "We decided to name him Albert after the Roto-Rooter guy," says Smeraglia. "I ain't never had a dog named after me," says Emerson.

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