Firefighter frees dog stuck inside tree trunk

Firefighter frees dog stuck inside tree trunk
Posted at 10:47 AM, Jun 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-03 10:48:47-04

SALEM, Ky. -- Is that a bird in the tree? A cat? No, it’s Rocco the dog, who had to be rescued when the small dachshund got stuck inside a tree trunk.

Authorities say two off-duty Kentucky state troopers were mowing a cemetery in Salem on Thursday when they heard a dog barking.

They looked around for several minutes, and finally, they found the pooch -- trapped inside the tree.

Salem Firefighter Daniel Newcomb carefully cuts into a tree trunk, allowing Rocco to be freed safely. (Photo by Kentucky State Police)

Apparently, Rocco had climbed into a nearby hole dug by a groundhog and found his way up through the tree trunk. That’s where he became stuck.

A firefighter came out and cut part of the tree, safely freeing Rocco.

The opening in the tree is now big enough Rocco can get through -- if he dares go on another adventure like that.