Builders use digger to rescue dog from drowning in irrigation channel

Heartwarming moment builders use their digger to rescue dog from drowning in an irrigation channel in Ecuador

  • Builders in Pasaje Canton were told about a dog drowning in irrigation channel  
  • One builder, named locally as Abel Murillo, climbs into scoop of digger to help 
  • Dog is seen being carried down channel by strong current into Mr Murillo’s path

This is moment quick-thinking builders were able to rescue a dog from drowning in an irrigation channel in Ecuador by using their digger. 

Builders working by an irrigation channel in Pasaje Canton were warned by people further down that there was a dog being carried along the current of fast-moving water and it was drowning. 

Heartwarming footage shows a builder, named locally as Abel Murillo, climbing into the scoop of a digger while another builder extends it out across the channel and down so it is just above the water. 

It is believed the water levels in the canal were raised because of heavy rain and the buliders received a radio alert about the stranded dog.  

Builders working by an irrigation channel in Pasaje Canton were warned by people further down that there was a dog being carried along the current of fast-moving water and it was drowning

Heartwarming footage shows a builder, named locally as Abel Murillo, climbing into the scoop of a digger while another builder extends it out across the channel and down so it is just above the water

The other builders start shouting as the dog comes into view desperately trying to keep her head above the dirty water. 

She flows right into the path of Mr Murillo in the digger and he scrabbles to get a grip on her. 

Mr Murillo manages to get a firm hold on the saggy skin on the back of the dog and hauls him up into the digger before the pair are lifted to safety. 

The dog is then freed from the scoop of the digger and stands looking slightly baffled about her ordeal but appears unharmed. 

The builders said they did a collection and were able to raise money to take the dog to the vet to be treated for infection, according to Bunko. 

And in a radio interview they claimed the dog isn’t a stray and has owners. 

The other builders start shouting as the dog comes into view desperately trying to keep her head above the dirty water

She flows right into the path of Mr Murillo in the digger and he scrabbles to get a grip on her

Mr Murillo said: ‘Well, first they informed us by radio that they had opened the water channel and that there was a puppy that was running away from the water until the water reached it and dragged it. 

‘So they informed us and we decided here with the colleagues, the operator, to get down with a bucket to rescue the dog, as seen in the video.’

Another builder in the video, Cristian, added: ‘We saw that they opened the canal and we saw that the puppy and the water were coming. We radioed the colleague to help us with the poor animal that was already advancing and was tired. 

‘It looked tired and what was already coming from above because of the water pressure.’

Mr Murillo manages to get a firm hold on the saggy skin on the back of the dog and hauls him up into the digger before the pair are lifted to safety

The dog is then freed from the scoop of the digger and stands looking slightly baffled about her ordeal but appears unharmed

Luis, the builder in the middle of the frame in the video, said: ‘We were working and together we decided to provide help, giving the animal one more chance to live. And we agreed. It was all very quick. 

‘We agreed to stretch the arm of the machine as the animal could come. And the colleague decided to jump. 

‘Thank God we were able to catch it, we could give the animal another chance to live.’

Mr Murillo said: ‘We could still get it out. It was in bad conditions. We made a money collection and took it to the vet who gave it some injections for the infection, I think it was for the inflammation’

Mr Murillo added: ‘The dog was almost about to let go because, with the force of the water, the dog hit the bucket and wanted to go under it. Then, what I did was to grab the dog and it bit me but only with a slight bite. 

‘We could still get it out. It was in bad conditions. We made a money collection and took it to the vet who gave it some injections for the infection, I think it was for the inflammation.

‘A few moments ago, the dog was around here, but I think it’s gone now.’ 

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