A Dachshund thought to have been lost during a mudslide that left her owners trapped inside their Camarillo Springs home Saturday was found by a neighbor the next day and returned to its owners in what firefighters called an "emotional reunion."
"Ventura, the animal has been extracted," said Captain Pete Jensen of the Ventura County Fire Department. Those words ignited cheers inside the Ventura County Fire Communications Center, according to a post on their Facebook Page.
Tinkerbell was sitting in a window of her owners’ home, which had been inundated by 2 feet of mud on Saturday, leaving the husband and wife unable to escape.
"You could hear, 'Help! Help! Oh, help me!" said Dorothy Rosenfeld, of the female voice coming from across the street.
The woman made her way out with the help of her son. However, firefighters used a chainsaw to remove the door to free her husband, said Tom Kruschke, a spokesman with the Ventura County Fire Department. The man refused medical treatment.
The neighbor said to have found the dog contacted the Ventura County Fire Department. Firefighters responded and carried out the rescue.
One of the Tinkerbell’s owners was contacted and arrived on the scene for an emotional reunion with his beloved pet.