Canine Rescue

80 year-old Paul Paff can now be sure that dogs really are “man’s best friend.”

The elderly man had a close call on September 22 when he went to inspect the septic tank behind his house. “I had seen this square hole. I knew it was above the septic tank and looked up and was trying to look into it,” he recalled, right before the ground beneath him collapsed, sending him to the bottom of a 15-foot well.

After hours of being stuck knee-deep in cold mud and water Paff heard the sound of a dog barking. He barked back, trying to get the dog’s attention. Eventually the dog was able to alert neighbors who brought rescue personnel to the scene.