The dog, whom Conradie started calling Chantel, turned out to be very friendly and affectionate. “She just crawled straight into my lap,” Conradie said. “And she was putting her head inside my jacket, and trying to put her head under my arm.”
Chantel’s friendly nature would make the rescue easier, but there was still the problem with the chain. Conradie tried sawing through the chain with a hacksaw, but she couldn’t make a dent in it.
“I said to the people standing around outside, ‘This is not going to work. We’re going to have to try and cut the chain off of the beam, and take her chain and all,’” Conradie said. “So one of them went to find an angle grinder that would be able to cut through steel, and I was trying to figure out how on earth we were going to get this guy in there.”