Dachshund lost in underground drains

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12 February 2004 , LUEBECK - Anton, a dachshund, spent a fifth day Thursday lost in the maze of a German drainage system, with rescuers above unable to tell where his bark was echoing from. The sausage dog scampered inside the stormwater drain in the port city of Luebeck during a walk Sunday. Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt animals in burrows. Owner Markus Schwoebken, 31, said Anton and brother Arik may have scented a fox. Arik, rescued the next day, is no use: the dog is too scared to go back to g

12 February 2004

LUEBECK - Anton, a dachshund, spent a fifth day Thursday lost in the maze of a German drainage system, with rescuers above unable to tell where his bark was echoing from.

The sausage dog scampered inside the stormwater drain in the port city of Luebeck during a walk Sunday.

Dachshunds were originally bred to hunt animals in burrows. Owner Markus Schwoebken, 31, said Anton and brother Arik may have scented a fox. Arik, rescued the next day, is no use: the dog is too scared to go back to guide Anton out.

Schwoebken said a dish of offal outside the drain had failed to attract Anton out. A bitch on heat, Hexe, arrived Wednesday.

"We hope he'll scent her, mobilize his strength and charge out," said Schwoebken, who is a police detective.

A national highway over the drain was closed for 30 minutes this week while the THW search-and-rescue agency hunted in vain.

Police in Luebeck said Thursday whimpers could still be heard from inside.

"A healthy dog could survive two weeks underground provided it had enough water," said veterinarian Friedrich Roecken.

DPA
Subject: German news

 

 

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