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Streator Fire Department rescues dog from hole

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) — Streator firefighters said a man’s walk with his dog in Marilla Park on Saturday morning took a turn when the dog smelled something wrong.

The dog led its owner to a hole where they found a trapped golden retriever.

“This dog had fallen into a five-foot hole and has been missing for about 24 hours, as I understand it,” Streator Fire Chief Fred McClellan said.

The missing dog’s name was Macy. When firefighters arrived, they tried to get Macy out with a ladder, but the older dog couldn’t climb it.

Fire Chief Fred McClellan went down the hole to retrieve it. He wrapped a strap around her, so the rescue team could pull her out.

It took some maneuvering because of the unstable terrain.

“If you can see me fall. That’s because the ground started to smash on my foot below, so I ran through the hole to grab it, then it crumbled again. Luckily my engineer Tim Redd was able to finish removing the dog safely, McClellan said.

Once Macy was free, she was a bit shaken. But, after reuniting with her owner, she was in a much better mood.

“The owner got really muddy from the dog,” McClellan said.

Streator firefighters wanted pet owners to know, if they were in a similar situation, to call the fire department for help.

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