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Dog pulled from well
Lucy treaded water for at least an hour
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Hope Cork checks on her dog, Lucy, after she was rescued Wednesday morning from a well in north Forsyth. - photo by Emily Saunders
A north Forsyth family’s hound dog got more than her nose wet Wednesday when she fell down a well in a pasture.

The Forsyth County Fire Department was summoned about 10 a.m. to 3535 Doc Bramblett Road, where a dog named Lucy had fallen in and couldn’t be reached.

“They heard her barking, so we don’t know how long she had been down there,” said Fire Capt. Jason Shivers.

He said Lucy was about 35 feet from the surface and appeared to be wading in shallow water.

It was later determined — after Firefighter Keith Pertschi had been lowered into the well — that Lucy was submerged up to her neck and treading water.

“[Pertschi] got chest deep in the water to scoop her up and his feet never did touch the bottom,” said Shivers, adding the depth of the well could not be determined.

He said Lucy remained calm through the ordeal.

“We were worried she might be scared and nip at the firefighter, so we had some other plans in place,” Shivers said. “[But] when he started to descend, she stopped barking, almost like she knew help was on the way.”

Pertschi brought the dog out of the well in his arms about 11:15 a.m.

Shivers said Lucy didn’t appear to have any major injuries, though her nose and paws were cut and she was cold and weak after treading water so long.

Her owners took her to a veterinarian for an examination.

Shivers said the fire department gets called to such incidents about twice a year. Those involving animals are treated just as seriously as those with people.

In Wednesday’s incident, firefighters first removed the structure covering the well and then set up a tripod over the opening from which to lower the rescuer.