Firefighters rescue puppy from 75-foot well in Georgia

Firefighter Brendan O'Brien was raised back up to the surface -- with the puppy in hand -- within a few minutes. CHEROKEE COUNTY FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES

CANTON, Ga. (CBS)   Firefighters were able to rescue a puppy from a deep well north of Atlanta by lowering a firefighter into the hole to retrieve the dog.

CBS affiliate WGCL in Atlanta reports that the yellow Labrador Retriever was rescued Sunday morning, after it fell into the 75-foot well in Cherokee County.

Cherokee County fire spokesman Tim Cavender said the dog was given oxygen and “appeared to be OK.”

Jose Santillan, who lives in a nearby home, said that he heard a dog continuously barking and went outside to check out what was happening.

“A black Labrador was barking and I went outside to find that the yellow Lab had fallen into the well,” Santillan said.

Authorities say firefighters built a tripod over the hole and then lowered firefighter Brendan O’Brien into it. He was raised back up to the surface — with the puppy in hand — within a few minutes.

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