PHOTOS: West Dade Dog Freed After Close Encounter With Cooler

WEST MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) – A South Florida pooch found herself in a rather precarious position that needed assistance from several Miami-Dade agencies Monday afternoon.

Officers were called to Southwest 188 Avenue and 134th Street and found a curious canine with her head lodged in a fiberglass fishing boat cooler.

Miami-Dade police officers on the scene called animal control, but were told that they did not carry a medication that was strong enough to sedate the dog.

The Miami-Dade Venom 1 Unit was dispatched, along with several vials of Valium, which was used to tranquilize the dog.

Officers were able to free the pooch using a reciprocating saw.

Animal control officers on the scene predicted, due to the severity of the dog’s injuries, it had been stuck for more than a week.

Officers also noted that the dog had recently given birth to a litter of puppies, and it was the extra body fat that likely kept her alive while stuck in the cooler.

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