This story points out the value for all of us of being alert to what is happening around us in our neighborhoods! Happy barks go out to Robby Wilson! You’re our kind of guy!
Thanks to NBC15 for this moving story!
Dog is buried alive, but survives
Story By: Kim McCrea
(PENSACOLA, Fla.) January 15 – A 5-year-old bull mastiff mix dog is resting as comfortably as possible inside the Escambia County Animal Shelter in Pensacola after being buried alive. Shelter Director Bruce Rova says the canine suffered some painful injuries: “His joints are swollen. His skin is irritated. He was traumatized. But tonight, he’s doing so much better.”
Over the weekend, someone buried the dog alive in the back yard of a home on West Jackson Street in Pensacola. Melissa Vanderpool’s boyfriend, Robby Wilson, is being credited as being the person responsible for saving the dog’s life. “He had to climb up and look over the fence,” Vanderpool says. “And he could see the dirt mound and hole. And periodically, you could see the nose of the dog come up to the top of the hole.”
Wilson saw something else which was even more heart-wrenching, another dog trying to rescue the buried dog. Shelter Director Rova explained the scene: “There was another dog in the yard that was coming over and smelling at that dog. The dog tried to push aside a stepping stone that was on the top of the area where the dog was buried.”
Wilson helped an animal control officer to dig the dog out. The animal was severely dehydrated, but still alive, and was rushed to an emergency animal clinic.
There’s no word yet on who might be the owner of the dog, or who might have mistreated him in such a way, but Rova says they have a very strong lead in the case.