A stray dog had a stroke of luck when members of the Coast Guard managed to rescue her from a shipping container that she’d been trapped inside for at least eight days.
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The dog, nicknamed “Connie the container dog,” by the Coast Guard, somehow got locked inside a shipping container before it was delivered to Houston, Texas. She remained there without food or water until Officer Ryan McMahon and his team heard her barking while they were doing a routine inspection.
Connie’s container was stacked 25 feet in the air. So the guardsman brought in a crane to lower it to the ground. A video of the rescue posted on TikTok shows the dog appearing weak as she emerged from the box. But she was in good spirits with a wagging tail.
“As soon as we opened it, we could see the little dog’s face poking out,” Ryan told the Associated Press . “She was right there. Like she knew we were going to be there to open it for her. And she just, she wasn’t scared or anything. 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.”
The Coast Guard does not know exactly where the container originated from. But Guard spokeswoman Chief Petty Officer Corinne Zilnicki said it likely came from a junkyard overseas.
Connie is safe and healthy today. After her rescuers gave her food, water, and a bath, they took her to an animal shelter in neighboring Pasadena called Forever Changed Animal Rescue. The shelter is currently accepting adoption applications.
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