Coast Guard officers hear barking and scratching from shipping container


You never know when an opportunity to assist an animal in distress might arise, and it’s always heartening to witness individuals stepping up to lend a hand.

Such was the recent scenario when four members of the Coast Guard stumbled upon a dog trapped inside a shipping container and swiftly took action to rescue it.

On January 31, a team of marine inspectors from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston were conducting their duties, selecting shipping containers for inspection at random, as detailed in a Facebook post from U.S. Coast Guard Heartland.

Amidst the thousands of containers, they were struck by an unexpected noise emanating from a container positioned 25 feet above the ground.

“I hear scratching, man!” exclaimed one officer in a TikTok video. The sound of barking became apparent, leading them to the realization that a live dog was confined within the unit.

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The container was lowered, and a dog emerged, evidently relieved to be rescued. According to reports, she had been trapped in the container for at least a week, appearing weary and famished. The Coast Guard personnel provided her with water and promptly contacted a nearby animal shelter for assistance.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan McMahon shared with the Associated Press, “The moment we opened it, we saw the little dog’s face peeking out. She was right there, almost as if she anticipated our arrival to unlock it for her. And she just… she didn’t seem frightened at all. She appeared more content than anything else, finally liberated from that dark enclosure and embraced by individuals committed to her well-being.”

The officers’ actions undoubtedly saved her life, yet they acknowledged the sheer improbability of discovering her amidst the vastness of the Bayport Container Terminal, which houses over 10,000 containers.

Petty Officer McMahon remarked to AP, “Considering she was destined for a cargo ship journey that would have taken at least another week, and with no sustenance for two weeks, I doubt she would have survived.”

It was indeed a remarkable instance of being in precisely the right place at precisely the right moment.

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