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By Chuck Westerheide, County of San Diego Communications Office

January 17, 2023 (Ramona) - County Animal Services officers rescued an 11-year-old dog from an oil-filled mechanic’s well inside a private garage in Ramona.  The owner of the shop called the County Department of Animal Services the morning of Jan. 17 saying a dog was trapped.

When the officers arrived, they found Mia, a Siberian Husky mix, about ten feet underground in the hole, trying to escape the oil.  Mia had been down there for more than a day, was weighed down by the oil and was exhausted.

Lt. Talia Padilla and Officers Alyssa Moreno and Michael Moore safely lifted Mia out of the well using some tools and critical thinking skills.
Mia was taken to the Bonita shelter where Padilla and the medical team worked to clean the oil from her and begin medical treatment.
The Animal Services team scanned Mia and found a microchip which allowed them to reach her family.  They told officers Mia had been missing since Saturday and quickly came to get her.
With more care from the owner’s personal veterinarian, Mia should make a full recovery.
Photo, right:  Registered Veterinary Technician Sarah Vega and Lt. Talia Padilla washing Mia the Siberian Husky



Mia rescued from oil filled well

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