Cincinnati Fire Department Saves Dog That Was Stuck in a Wall for Five Days

Gertie was missing for five days in Northside before she was rescued by the fire department — and a sledgehammer.

click to enlarge Cincinnati firefighter Jenn Adkins rescues Gertie the dog. - Photo: Cincinnati Fire Department
Photo: Cincinnati Fire Department
Cincinnati firefighter Jenn Adkins rescues Gertie the dog.

This weekend, the Cincinnati Fire Department saved not a cat in a tree, but a dog in a wall.

Last week, Gertie the dog went missing in her Northside neighborhood. Her guardian Connie Frick told local news station WXIX that Gertie had escaped into the woods nearby and didn't come home. Frick posted missing-dog signs throughout Northside and hoped her furry friend would return.

But things changed on July 18, after Gertie had been missing for five days. On that day, a neighbor in Northside heard a whimpering sound coming from behind the wall of a garage. Apparently Gertie had somehow become trapped between the cinder block wall and the original wall of the garage, an area so tight that the dog could not move laterally.

The Cincinnati Fire Department was called, but they were unable to lift the 35-pound white terrier mix due to the tightness of the space. The squad then beat the cinder block wall with a sledgehammer until they broke all the way through. Jenn Adkins, a Cincinnati firefighter, was able to get through to Gertie after 10 minutes, reaching in and pulling her to safety.

Frick told WXIX that, amazingly, Gertie was "a little tired but fine otherwise." The rescue even made national news via USA Today.

Below, watch the video of Adkins retrieving Gertie as well as Gertie's heartwarming, tail-wagging reunion with Frick.

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