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Dog rescued from collapsed house days after landslide

Stock photo of a black Labrador retriever. (Frank Cornelissen/iStock)

Story at a glance

  • On Jan. 7, a landslide caused James and Didi Fritt’s home to collapse, killing one of their dogs.
  • Their other dog, a black Labrador retriever named Sammy, was presumed dead as well until she was heard whimpering on Thursday.
  • The fire department was able to rescue Sammy from the rubble after six days beneath it.

A black Labrador retriever was rescued from the rubble of Seattle house six days after the home collapsed amid a landslide. 

“Oh my baby! My baby!” owner Didi Fritts exclaimed in a video of her dog, Sammy’s, rescue on Thursday. 

According to KING 5, neighbors heard whimpers from the rubble on Thursday and contacted the fire department. 

“Because of the landslide that happened last week it is not safe to enter the home so we are exercising extreme caution with our crews,” Seattle Fire Department Public Information Officer David Cuerpo told the outlet. 


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After cutting through floors and walls, rescuers were finally able to locate Sammy. 

“We took apart the entire floor, pulled her out and she had just enough room to survive so she wasn’t crushed,” neighbor Remy Olivier said, adding, “I guess she was surviving on rain water the past couple days.” 

Veterinarians were on the scene to evaluate Sammy, who was deemed to be in stable condition. 

On Jan. 7, a landslide caused James and Didi Fritts’ house to collapse. Didi was able to escape, but James was temporarily trapped and one of their dogs died. It was presumed that Sammy had been killed, as well. 

“It’s mommy,” Didi said to Sammy in tears when they reunited. 


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