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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:19 pm

DIG IT — What started as a quiet mid-week Wednesday last week at the Graton Fire Station turned into a day of grueling dog-digging work — literally. Graton Fire volunteers were dispatched at 4:09 p.m. for a dog stuck in a culvert on Bones Road off Green Valley Road, reported Graton Fire Chief Bill Bullard. “The dog’s owners, Dave and Diana Albracht, stated Veronica, a 4-year-old female Walker Hound had been missing since yesterday and they heard her barking this afternoon,” reported Bullard. They called 9-1-1 after realizing they were unable to reach the dog themselves. Veronica had crawled 40 feet through the 18 inch culvert running underneath Bones Road before getting wedged in a turn in the pipe that was partially collapsed. After cutting away the exposed culvert, firefighters were still unable to reach the dog and were forced to dig away the hillside to expose another five feet of culvert. Using hand tools, Graton firefighters cautiously cut away a culvert section large enough for the dog to be removed. Veronica was able to climb out with minimal assistance and firefighters carried her to her anxious parents. “There did not appear to be any injuries from the ordeal,” Bullard reported.

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