Exhausted dog stuck in 12-foot pit at Memphis meat processing plant


On Wednesday a stray pooch became stuck in a 12-foot deep pit at a Memphis meat processing plant. Trapped under a large drill bit used to process animal parts, no one knows how he got there or how long he had been trapped.

According to Memphis Animal Services, the reddish-brown mixed breed, now dubbed McGregor, was rescued by two officers, Amanda Sutter and Ashley Hunter. Dressed in protective gear, the officers descended into the pit filled with animal remains and found the dog. Now the problem was to get him out of the pit.

“Usually in a rescue like this, the dog can help pull himself out once the process gets started,” one of the officers stated, but sadly the pup was too tired.

The plant staff dropped dry wood down into the pit to help the officers get some stability. The dog was too far back and stuck he couldn’t be reached easily. Officer Sutter stretched enough to loop a six-foot control pole around the dog’s neck, and the officers looped another one while holding onto the ladder.

 Officer Sutter pulled 68-lb McGregor up with the other hand far enough for Officer Hunley to pull him up the remaining way.

The video shows one exhausted pup – slimy and very scared.

Check out the video:

McGregor’s Rescue

McGregor is very lucky to be alive. (🔈Volume up) Yesterday two MAS officers pulled off an extraordinary rescue when a meat plant called to say there was a dog stuck about 12 feet down in a processing pit. When Officers Hunley and Sutter arrived on scene within 25 minutes of the call, what they found was a dog who didn’t have anything left. We don’t know how long McGregor was in the pit before the plant staff found him, but what we do know is that he was so, so tired. We speculate that he must have been trying to pull himself out of it until he just couldn’t anymore. Usually in a rescue like this, the dog can help pull himself out once the process gets started, but McGregor had no energy to do that. Officer Sutter climbed down the ladder into the pit, every surface of which was slimy and slippery. The plant staff helped her put some dry wood pieces down there for her to get some grip and stability. The officers tried to get a horse harness around him, but they just couldn’t reach far enough down, and his body was not really accessible. The only parts of him that were accessible were his head and his back feet. Officer Sutter was able to stretch just far enough to loop a 6-ft control pole around his neck. The officers then looped another control pole around the one holding McGregor. Then with one hand holding on to the ladder, Officer Sutter pulled 68-lb McGregor up with the other hand far enough for Officer Hunley to pull him up the remaining way. Tom Breen, the citizen who called MAS, said, “I knew he was exhausted, and I knew he wasn’t going to be able to make it out of there, so that’s when I started calling for some help. They did a fantastic job, and they know their stuff—that’s for sure. They were brave to get down into that nasty pit.” Once they were able to pull McGregor out of the pit, Officer Hunley covered him in towels and placed him safely on the truck. He is now resting comfortably at MAS. You can meet McGregor #A321808 at MAS at 2350 Appling City Cove during our adoption hours daily from 12-4pm plus until 7pm Tuesdays/Thursdays. His $40 adoption fee includes his neuter, microchip, vaccines, heartworm test and treatment (he has tested positive), collar, leash, and a customized ID tag.

Posted by Memphis Animal Services on Thursday, February 20, 2020

Since arriving at Memphis Animal Services, McGregor has had several baths and is snuggled up feeling much better. Veterinarians diagnosed him with heartworms, but that condition is treatable. He is available for adoption.

Many thanks to the officers at the Memphis Animal Services for their bravery and compassion. To donate, foster or adopt, more information is available here.




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