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Officer saves 3 dogs from sewer drain

Published: Oct. 28, 2015 at 1:30 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2015 at 2:30 PM EST
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COCOA, FL (WAVE) - A central Florida police officer is drawing national attention after discovering a group of pit bulls that were trapped in a sewer drain on Tuesday.

Officer Matt Rush was on routine patrol in his cruiser when he heard dogs barking. It sounded like they were in distress.

Rush pulled over and followed the sounds until he found three pit bulls in the drain along the highway. He immediately called for animal control to help.

Firefighters were able to pry the storm gate off the drain so the dogs could be pulled out.

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"My first thought was how in the world did they get in there and how did I manage to hear them," Officer Rush said. "I think they may have gotten in from a manhole across the street. It appears they dug their way in and then got stuck. Fortunately they came out in good shape."

The dogs were turned over to Brevard County Animal Control, where workers are trying to find their owners.

Video of the rescue was posted on the Cocoa Police Department's Facebook page, where it was watched more than 3,000 times. But, when a news crew from WFTV showed up, the story blew up online. WFTV's post has gained more than 13 million views in just one day, and it has been shared more than 200,000 times.

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