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ANIMALS >Efforts to rescue puppy stuck in Istanbul well continue on 9th day

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Rescue efforts are continuing for a puppy that fell into a deep well around nine ago, Doğan News Agency has reported.

The puppy dropped into a 70-meter-deep well that was drilled by the municipality around a week-and-a-half ago in the Dereseki Neighborhood in Beykoz district of Istanbul.

Fire department and Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) teams recently arrived at the scene in an effort to extract the puppy from the hole.

At least 15 people are trying to rescue the puppy with various methods but have been hampered by the small size of the hole.

The dog has been provided with necessary food and water as the rescue operations continue.

The Mayor of Beykoz, Yücel Çelikbilek, who was following rescue works in the area, said teams were doing their best.

“Rescue teams are trying new methods to rescue the dog. They are expending a lot of effort to save it. But the dog has not responded to their efforts and it has not been lured by any traps. If it does get into a [bucket] we won’t be able to get it out of the well. This is our only chance,” he added.

Meanwhile, animal lovers were also following the incident.  

The Istanbul coordinator of the Animal Rights Confederation, Barış Şengün, said they were expecting a more professional result after AFAD joined the rescue operations.

“Every moment in the well is very disadvantageous situation because it is young [and growing fast]. So, we are trying to give food and water to it. Rescue works are ongoing. We hope that we will [be successful],” he said.  

Social media users have started the hashtag #direnkuyu (resistwell) to provide news about the ongoing rescue operations.

February/14/2017

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