Dog, 11, found clinging to pipe above 8ft pit of water at water treatment facility in New Jersey 


A missing pooch was found drowning in a water pit on Wednesday morning and quickly rescued by New Jersey fire personnel.

Eleven-year-old Rosco, who was missing since Friday, was heard barking by workers at a Bayonne water treatment plant. The puggle had managed to get stuck in a water pit.  

‘Responding units found a puggle, an older puggle, holding onto a pipe in an approximate 8-foot pit full of water. Basically holding on so it doesn’t drown,’ Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver explained to the CBS New York.

Staff from the company called the Bayonne Fire Department around 8.30am. Rosco had been found in an unused, fenced off portion of the property. 

He had been holding onto a pipe that was sticking out of the water. Once rescued, the dog was taken to a local veterinarian. 

For brothers Drew and Jeff Adelung, the dog’s discovery meant not having to break the news to their 84-year-old father Ken that the dog was gone forever. 

‘I knew that I was going to have to tell him and it was breaking my heart,’ said Jeff Adelung.

Ken had to be taken to a rehabilitation center after falling on Friday. His sons returned to the home that night to discover that Rosco had escaped through the kitchen door.  

‘The dog’s a little rascal and he ended up getting away,’ Drew added.

The duo kept the news away from their father out of fear that it would impact Ken’s recovery. They posted fliers and hoped for the best, happy when they finally received a call on Wednesday morning.   

‘All I can tell you is it is a miracle,’ Jeff said.

The brothers shared that they had been planning on telling their father that the doog was gone on Wednesday, but the news saved them from having to.  


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