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9-year-old boy crawls into drain to rescue trapped puppies

9-year-old Rafe Spuler crawled into the storm drain and grabbed all five puppies. (Photo courtesy South Charlotte Dog Rescue) 9-year-old Rafe Spuler crawled into the storm drain and grabbed all five puppies. (Photo courtesy South Charlotte Dog Rescue)
Ruby and her puppies are now all now safe and sound and snuggled together at a foster home in Monroe.  (Kristen Hampton | WBTV) Ruby and her puppies are now all now safe and sound and snuggled together at a foster home in Monroe. (Kristen Hampton | WBTV)
MONROE, NC (WBTV) -

A group of animal rescuers are being credited with saving five puppies and their mother from a storm drain. The daring rescue was caught on video.

Last weekend, a 10-week long process came to an end as 9-year-old Rafe Spuler crawled his slender body into the storm drain in Monroe and grabbed all five puppies.

For weeks, volunteers for the South Charlotte Dog Rescue had been tracking “Ruby,” a young pregnant stray believed to be a mixed breed.

“She was wily, a very brilliant dog,” said Danielle Spuler, who worked along with Teresa Tucker and several other volunteers to try and catch Ruby. 

Eventually, the dog went into a storm drain and gave birth to her puppies.

“She probably thought it was a safe place,” Danielle said.

A whole team of rescuers came to the site and ended up sending Danielle’s son into the drain with a rope tied around his leg. The boy shimmied into the drain and safely pulled out all of the puppies.

After her puppies were rescued, the women had a much easier time catching Ruby. They are now all now safe and sound and snuggled together at a foster home in Monroe.

“She’s doing great," Teresa said. "She has a very sweet disposition. She’s still timid, but she’s come quite a ways.”

Ruby will go to a good home when she’s ready, and her puppies will as well. 

All thanks to a devoted group of people with the South Charlotte Dog Rescue, and a pretty brave little boy.

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