By Evie Andreou
A DOG believed to have been been trapped in the Saittas dam in Limassol for several days was rescued by fireman yesterday afternoon.
A resident of the area tipped off the Cyprus Mail that the dog seemed to be trapped in an area that was inaccessible for rescue by members of the public due to heavy mud.
After alerting the fire service, less than half an hour later, fireman Yiannis Ioannou of the ‘1974 Sergeant Vasilis Krokos’ fire station in Limassol, told the newspaper that in cooperation with the department’s attending officer, Andreas Aristidou, the two men on duty at Moniatis rural fire station were already at the dam, had located the dog and were trying to find a way to rescue him.
Trimiklini community leader Andreas Orfanos, also went to the area to look for the dog after being called by the Cyprus Mail.
The animal was finally rescued by fireman Socratis Paspatas and Thrasyvoulos Georgiou, a seasonal fire department employee, who brought him back to the Moniatis rural fire station where they washed him and gave him food and water.
Paspatas said that access to the dam was difficult, and they were lucky they found an accessible point two kilometres closer to where the dog was and they managed to walk safely into the muddy area to get him out. “There are cliffs in the area, it was not easy to access the point where the dog was,” Paspatas said.
Luckily the dog survived because even though it was believed he was without food for several days, he had been able to drink water from the reservoir.
“He is a big dog. He looks like he is a hunting dog. He is weak but he will be fine with a little care and medical treatment,” Paspatas said.
The dog was to be collected by Animal Party leader Kyriacos Kyriacou who said they would make the necessary arrangements to find the dog a home. Later in the evening Kyriakou told the Cyprus Mail the dog was pedigree German wirehaired pointer or Drahthaar but was not microchipped. He said the animal was very thin and had injuries on his body.
Residents of the area and community leader Orfanos said that last summer another dog was trapped in the mud but luckily was closer to the bank and the Fire Service were able to save him.
The Animal Party said in a statement last night they had taken the dog to a vet but he seemed to be making a quick recovery after his discomfort at being trapped in the open had passed.
The party urged yet again that pet owners microchip their animals, saying it was not only unacceptable but criminal not to do so.