A dog missing for more than a year was rescued by animal service officers in Maryland and returned to his family.
Cookie, a 30-pound Wheaten Terrier, was discovered in a storm drain around 2:00 p.m. Friday by a man walking a Great Dane.
“I went over and I just saw a dog in there,” Nick An told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. “[It was] pretty beat-up looking.”
According to a Facebook page set up to find the dog, Cookie was originally rescued from Thailand after escaping the “illegal dog meat trade.”
It took Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, along with Police Animal Services nearly three hours to get Cookie out of the storm drain. Firefighters used a power saw to cut through the metal bars to get access to the dog.
How Cookie ended up in the drain is still a mystery. The dog was originally reported missing in October 2014.