Elderly dog rescued from underground vehicle in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Even in his advanced age, “Henry” the beagle can still chase critters and cause trouble, both of which he accomplished on Monday when he followed one of those critters into an abandoned car and ended up trapped underground.

(Photo: Courtesy Franklin County Animal Control and Shelter)

According to first responders, Henry was out chasing rabbits on Monday, Feb. 10 when he discovered an entrance to a partially buried vehicle, went inside, and ended up wedged in the back corner of the car after tangling himself in the machinery.

Henry’s owners and siblings reportedly went looking for him after he never returned from a bathroom break and soon heard him barking underground. The owners called Franklin County Animal Control, who then called Franklin County Department of Public Safety and Fork Mountain Volunteer Fire Department for the tools and manpower necessary to dig around and free Henry from the metal pieces, according to officials.

Authorities say Henry was a little cold, tired, and thirsty by the time he was extracted from the car, but he did not sustain any injuries from the incident.

“Happy to say Henry is fine!” Franklin County Animal Control writes on Facebook. “He was taken in the house to his favorite bed in front of the fireplace!”

(Photo: Courtesy Franklin County Animal Control and Shelter)


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