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Woman wants city to cover storm drain after her dog gets stuck inside

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 20:35:28-05

TULSA, Okla. — It took a small army but Ruby, a 90 pound Great Pyrenees, is above ground after being stuck in a storm drain for over two hours last night.

It took 19 members of the Tulsa Fire Department, six City of Tulsa streets employees, a dog trainer, and a dog psychologist over two hours to get Ruby out of the city pipe seven feet underground.

Though Ruby's owner, Susanne Thompson, is happy to be reunited with her fur baby, she says this situation was the result of an issue that’s been unresolved for over a decade.

"We built this house 12 years ago and we’ve had a problem with water and the storm drain was never fixed," said Thompson.

Thompson says this is one of two drains on her property that have been causing her to worry that she has repeatedly talked to the city about.

“Yes, they have never denied it, they said 'yes' there is a problem and it needs to be fixed the storm drain should not be open like that and we need to get it fixed but we have no money'," said Thompson.

Now, Thompson says she is worried about what or who will need to be rescued next.

"What happened yesterday really brought it home, I have a 6-year-old grandchild and she could fit in there," said Thompson.

They would start an emergency project for Thompson and will be building a headwall with flap gates over the storm drain within the next two weeks.

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