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Pleasanton police, firefighters free dog trapped in vent

Officer credits neighbor who heard Lucy's yelps for help

Emergency personnel helped a local dog escape a jam -- literally -- earlier this month after the small dog found itself trapped in a vent in its house.

The situation took place around 11 a.m. Sept. 2 when a resident in South Valley Trails called police after hearing a dog barking incessantly at a neighbor's house, according to Pleasanton police.

Temperatures were well on their way to exceeding 100 degrees on that Saturday, adding to the neighbor's concern since the dog usually wasn't a nuisance barker, police said.

The department's animal services officer, Frankie Blavet, knew something wasn't right as soon as she arrived on scene."I could hear her barking and panting. I could tell she was in distress, but she wasn't moving around," Blavet said in a recent post on the department's Facebook page.

Blavet and fellow responding officers eventually found little Lucy, a 4-year-old beagle mix, with her head stuck out of the wall, clearly in distress after becoming trapped while trying to scurry through a house vent, police said.

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and opened the wall wide enough to free Lucy.

Police, along with Lucy's owners, credited the alert neighbor who heard Lucy's yelps for help that day.

"Dogs bark for a reason, some of which can be a nuisance and others which can be life threatening," police said in the post. "Keep looking out for each other Pleasanton, we are #BetterTogether!"

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