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Firemen Rescue Dog in Uncovered Well, Property Owner Could Face Fines

web posted April 5, 2014

EDGEFIELD Edgefield Firemen were called to uninhabited property next door to White's Auto and Emmons' Welding Friday afternoon with a report of a medium sized dog found at the bottom of an open well. Shane Emmons called in the report after hearing a dog yelping earlier in the morning. After hearing it again he went searching for the source and discovered the open well.

When he looked down, he saw the medium sized black dog hunkered down at the bottom. With no idea if the dog was injured or how long it had been there, he lowered a filled open-topped water cooler to the bottom of the well along with some crackers and then notified dispatch around 2:30 pm.

Firefighters lowered a ladder into the well and a fireman went down and began acquainting himself with the dog, which did not appear to be aggressive. After about fifteen minutes the dog crawled out of a hole in the side of the well and allowed the fireman to place him inside a large cloth bag that held the fireman's turn-out gear. Firemen quickly pulled the dog up and let him out of the bag. (Above)

He did not appear to be injured and walked around the area shyly before walking off from the scene. He did not have a collar or tags and seemed well fed.

An Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputy and Investigator arrived to inspect the uncovered well which was about three feet square and bricked along the edges. It was roped off as a hazard. Authorities on the scene said it was illegal to have an uncovered well and that the property owner will be forced to fill the well and make it safe. The property owner could also face fines from the county and DHEC before the investigation into the incident is over.

Deputies left the scene and headed to the County Tax Assessor's Office in order to identify the property owner of the well. A few yards to the left of the well was another hole that appeared to be a possible septic tank that had collapsed, though it could also be another well. A fireman on the scene said many years ago there were two homes on the property.

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