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New Kensington dachshund rescue requires heavy equipment

| Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Eric Felack | Tribune-Review
'Autobahn,' a dachshund, revels in the attention being given him after his rescue in Fairmont Park in New Kensington on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.
Eric Felack | Tribune-Review
Morgen Glubish hugs her cousin's dog Autobahn after his rescue from a sewer drain in Fairmont Park in New Kensington on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.
Eric Felack | Tribune-Review
Framed in pry bars, 'Autobahn,' a dachshund, peers out of a hole being dug to rescue him in Fairmont Park in New Kensington on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.
Eric Felack | Tribune-Review
Judith Salati, who was helping dog sit a dachshund on Fairmont Drive in New Kensington, tries to coax the dog out of a storm sewer entrance while New Kensington firefighters dig a hole to rescue the dog on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.

A determined dachshund's pursuit of a groundhog got him into a tight spot on Tuesday afternoon in New Kensington.

Autobahn, 6, chased the rodent into a storm drain pipe at Fairmont Park when he made the bad call to turn sideways and got stuck, Judi Salati said.

Salati, along with Janet Glubish and Janet's daughter, Morgen, were watching Autobahn and his brother Blitzen for their owner, Karen Copeland, while she was at work.

Salati said they called the fire department and police for help after realizing they would not be able to free Autobahn.

The canine was 10 to 12 feet up the 30-foot pipe and about a foot underground.

He was stuck for a little over two hours before firefighters were able to get him out.

Larry Davis, a firefighter with New Kensington No. 2, said they used shovels and a backhoe to reach the animal. In his 43 years as a firefighter, he said, it was his first dog rescue.

“He was real quiet. You could tell he was scared. He was shaking pretty good,” Davis said. “I was glad we got him out. I like dogs. I was just really happy we could get him.”

Autobahn did not suffer any injuries, Salati said.

He had a bath and a meal after his rescue.

“He's all happy now,” she said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at

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