FOUNTAIN VALLEY (CBS) — Authorities are still trying to free a dog that somehow became trapped in a flood control channel drain pipe behind Northcutt Elementary School.
Children waiting in line for breakfast at the school were the first to hear the animal whimpering Thursday morning, according to the Orange County Register.
Animal control officers arrived at the scene, but were unable to reach the animal. Firefighters tried to flush the animal out with water, but each effort to lure it out sent it deeper into the pipe.
On Thursday night, animal control officers placed a humane trap at the end of the pipe with some wet dog food in an effort to lure the dog out. Orange County Animal Control Sgt. Kyle Werner also sprinkled flour at both ends in order to track the animal.
“We don’t think the animal’s stuck or injured in any way,” Werner said. “But it could be just traumatized from today’s events and too scared to come back out.”
One witness described the animal as a 30-pound brown dog. Authorities say it could be a German Shepherd mix or a coyote.