Dog rescued after being in Medford, NJ drain pipe for a week

MEDFORD — An 8-year-old coonhound who has been missing from his foster family for a week was rescued from a drainpipe in this Burlington County community early Sunday, and those who rescued the dog said he is unlikely to live another day would have survived without food or water amid the current heat wave.

The dog, named Dylan, is now being treated at Mount Laurel Animal Hospital and will be placed in a forever home upon his release, according to 6ABC Action News.

By the time the nine-hour rescue effort was completed around 1 a.m. Sunday, Dylan had a 44-degree fever, burns to his paws and elbows, and was covered in ticks, according to 6ABC.

The dog may need surgery for a deep elbow injury, officials told 6ABC.

A neighbor was the first to hear Dylan bark, and then a combined effort by police, firefighters and utilities eventually freed the animal.

A representative from the Southern New Jersey Humane Tracking and Trapping Recovery Group told 6ABC it was “the toughest recovery we’ve been involved with.”

“It is very incredible that he is actually alive,” Kathleen Tortu-Bowles told reporters, echoing the sentiments of others involved in the miraculous rescue.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and host for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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