Early Thursday morning, the Evans family was taking their young puppy, MJ, for a walk when she suddenly disappeared.
As they approached the spot where seconds ago MJ had been standing, whimpers echoed from a previously unnoticed sewer drain, which was hidden by the grass and missing its cap.
At just a few weeks old, MJ had fallen into the hole and was quickly carried far from her family by water waste down the long pipe.
It had only been a few days since the puppy had come to live at her forever home, and the Evans family was already deeply attached to their newest member. Knowing that time was of the essence, they immediately reported the missing dog, and the Charlotte Fire Department of North Carolina rushed to the scene.