Firefighters Come To The Rescue Of Family Dog Trapped For Days Beneath Deck

A family in Virginia was reunited with their missing dog thanks to the efforts of firefighters with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. The dog, a pointer named “Banx,” had been missing for two days when his family reached out on June 1 to Fire Station 39 for assistance.

Banx’s owners informed the fire department that they believed their 60-pound dog was trapped somewhere beneath their deck…the deck was a mere 3 inches from the ground.

According to a release from the department, responding crews were unable to locate any disturbed gravel to indicate that the dog had crawled under the low-clearance decking. After failing to find the missing dog in the area of the deck, the crews proceeded to search other areas in and around the home to see if the dog was hiding.

Again, their efforts to locate Banx were fruitless – the firefighters informed the family that they would have to pull up some of the decking material to search further. Despite boards being removed, Banx was nowhere to be found…

The dog’s owner and the firefighting crew continued to search and eventually, a dog’s soft whine was heard. The department explained what happened next:

Firefighters began to remove some of the gravel under the slab of the home to see if there was a pocket that the dog may have crawled into. After several buckets of gravel were removed the dog’s tail and then foot could be felt. They eventually were able to remove enough gravel to get food and water to the dog while continuing to clear more gravel and dirt. After a well-coordinated movement of material, firefighters were able to finally free the dog from under the home.

Two days without water left Banx dehydrated and a bit bruised, but amazingly, he was otherwise unscathed. After being examined, Banx was turned over to his “very happy” family.

The department speculated how Banx found himself in such an unlikely predicament:

Firefighters could only surmise that the dog went after a small animal that hid under the deck. The dog was then wedged and continued to push and dig trying to get free. In doing so he only went further under the home and the gravel he was moving was pushed behind him thus blocking any evidence of his location and his only means of escape.

Great work Fire Station 39, North Point, B-Shift!

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.