For more than four hours, Frances, a 7-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, was stuck in a narrow dirt tunnel in Grand Woods Park on Monday night, growling snout-to-snout with an opossum.
“It was miraculous,” said Mary Minor, the dog’s owner, on Tuesday morning. “These guys just did not give up.”
Minor had taken Frances on her daily walk through the park around 5 p.m. At one point, Frances started digging at the base of a tree so Minor put the leash down for a minute. When she turned back around, the dog was gone. Minor search the immediate area until she came upon a mound with three small holes poking through. In one of those holes, she could hear Frances faintly growling. She got a shovel and started digging but when dirt started to fall, Minor feared it would cave in and called 911 for help.
Firefighters from Delta Township and Deputies from Eaton County Sheriff’s Office arrived and dug trenches and widened the holes. At one point, Minor said, a firefighter nearly had his arm and head in the hole to pull one of the animals out.
The fire department was assisted by Michigan Plumbing.
Minor said she was grateful for the deputies’ and firefighters’ dedication and sensitivity during those frightening hours. To pay them back, Minor said she is buying everyone lunch on Saturday.