Cocoa authorities rescue dogs from sewer drain

3 dogs taken to Brevard County Animal Rescue

Cocoa police rescue dogs from storm drain.
Cocoa police rescue dogs from storm drain.

COCOA, Fla. – A Cocoa police officer helped rescue three dogs stuck in a sewer drain on Tuesday morning.

Officer Matt Rush was driving on the 2800 block of West King Street when he heard dogs barking as if they were in distress, according to police.

Police said Rush found three dogs inside the sewer drain on the eastbound side of the highway and called animal control officers and Cocoa Fire Rescue to help rescue the dogs.

Firefighters pried open the storm grate and the dogs were removed safely, according to police.

“My first thought was how in the world did they get in there and how did I manage to hear them,” Rush said in a release. “I think they may have gotten in from a manhole across the street. It appears they dug their way in and then got stuck.  Fortunately they came out in good shape.”

The dogs were taken to Brevard County Animal Services, which is now caring for the dogs at the shelter while attempting to find the owners.

It's not clear how long the dogs were trapped.