Coast Guard Rescues Dog Trapped In Shipping Container For Eight Days

February 5, 2024

Today's good news story comes from Boone County, Kentucky.

In a heartwarming rescue operation off the coast of Houston-Galveston, a U.S. Coast Guard team discovered an unexpected passenger during a routine inspection of shipping containers. The team, led by Petty Officer 2nd Class McMahon, were astonished when they heard barking and scratching emanating from one of the containers.

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As they cautiously opened the container, they were greeted by the sight of a small, furry face – a dog trapped inside the dark space. The canine seemed remarkably calm and happy to be liberated from her confined quarters.

"As soon as we opened it, we could see the little dog's face poking out," McMahon said. "She just seemed happy more than anything, to be out of that dark space and in the arms of people that were going to take care of her."

Further investigation by Coast Guard officials revealed that Connie had been trapped in the container for at least eight days, deprived of food and water. The container, filled with discarded vehicles destined for overseas sales, had likely originated from a junkyard.

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"So based on that, they think that the dog most likely was in a junkyard, in a car. And that's how she accidentally got put in the container," Chief Petty Officer Corinne Zilnicki said.

Grateful for being in the right place at the right time, McMahon expressed the urgency of the situation.

"It would take at least another week to get to where she was going [on a cargo ship] and two weeks without food or water. I don't think she would have made it," he said.

Forever Changed Animal Rescue has taken her in, diligently working to nurse her back to health and prepare her for adoption.

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