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Dog saved from culvert in Cordillera

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Edwards, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – A dog and his owners were reunited following a nearly two-hour ordeal last week.

On July 6, Nathan Lehnert, lead animal services officer with Eagle County Animal Services, was called to Cordillera to assist with a dog trapped in a drainage pipe. The animal had gone too far down the culvert and became stuck about 50 feet from the opening. A backhoe was readying to dig up the street when Lehnert entered the 18-inch pipe with a flashlight and leash and successfully coaxed the dog out.

Animal Services Director Shawn Markmann says neither Lehnert nor the dog were worse for the wear.

“I am very proud of Nathan’s dedication,” Markmann said. “His actions went far beyond the scope of his duties.”

The county’s Animal Services Department patrols for stray animals, investigates incidents, makes welfare checks and enforces local regulations. The department also operates the county animal shelter, which provides a safe haven for strays and animals in need of homes. For more information, call 970-328-DOGS.