Riverside Officer's Ingenuity Saves Trapped Squirrel

On June 5th 2022, Riverside Police Officers responded to a call for service after a child heard an animal trapped in a pipe. Officers located a 4 inch wide pipe at the base of a utility pole and heard an animal in distress. One of the officers retrieved a wet/dry vac from their residence to attempt to pull the animal from the pipe.  After securing netting over the suction hose to prevent injury to the animal, officers were able to pull a very scared wet squirrel to safety from approximately 4 ft underground!   

The squirrel was transported to a nearby wildlife refuge where it is expected to make a full recovery due to the officer’s ingenuity and quick response.  See rescue video below.