Siberian huskies are considered quite clever and capable, perfectly equipped for surviving in some of the most inhospitable regions on the planet. But for one rather hapless husky named Bella, the pitfalls of the suburban jungle are challenging enough.
Animal control officers in the San Diego neighborhood of Encanto were called to the rescue after the fluffy white dog was spotted poking her head from a storm drain where she had evidently gotten stuck. It's unknown exactly what led her to venture into the drainage system, but Bella clearly appeared to be regretful of that decision.
Fortunately, rescuers were able to free her from the tight spot without too much trouble.
"The officers blocked the pipe at the end of the drain to prevent the husky from going any deeper into the system and then restrained the dog and walked it down the drain until they reached a metal grate," writes San Diego County Animal Services of Facebook.
A strong "good Samaritan" reportedly aided in the rescue by lifting up the grate so that the dog could be plucked out to safety. Thankfully, Bella was microchipped, so Animal Services were able to reunite her with her owner.
Had Bella not been microchipped, her misadventure might not have had a happy ending. Every year, millions of lost and stray dogs wind up in animal shelters with no way for rescuers to track down their human companions - even though that problem can be easily avoided with one simple procedure.
To learn more about microchipping pets, visit the Humane Society's website here.