Dog goes too far down a rabbit hole, has to be rescued by Auckland fire service

Firefighter Bryce Millar tries to reach the border collie terrier-cross (left).
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Firefighter Bryce Millar tries to reach the border collie terrier-cross (left).

A small dog was trapped underground at an Auckland golf course for more than an hour before firefighters dug it out with their hands. 

On Wednesday afternoon the Remuera fire brigade received a call from a dog owner after their dog fell down a rabbit hole near the Remuera Golf Club. 

Fire service communications shift manager Paul Radden said the dog was stuck three metres down a rabbit hole and one metre deep underground.

Firefighter Pio Afemata searches for the stuck dog.
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Firefighter Pio Afemata searches for the stuck dog.

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The fire crew dug out the border collier terrier-cross out using a spade, shovel and their bare hands, Radden said.

"They dug a hole near the dog to avoid hurting it and then dug towards the dog and a firefighter managed to reach in and get it out."

Earlier that morning, it took eight firefighters 20 minutes to free a dog's trapped paw with a hacksaw in nearby Kohimarama.

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