Dog Missing More Than a Year Found in Maryland Storm Drain

It was eventually returned to its owner.

— -- Cookie, a Wheaton Terrier missing in suburban Maryland since October 2014, was rescued Friday afternoon by animal service officers and Montgomery Country firefighters, according to spokesman Pete Piringer.

He was discovered around 2 p.m. Friday when a neighbor walking their great Dane was suddenly pulled toward the storm drain.

In video of the rescue, firefighters can be seen using a power saw to cut through the metal bars while the trapped dog waited below.

When the dog could not be coaxed out with food, workers used a firehouse padded with towels at the end to gently nudge the dog to one end of the drainpipe where it could more easily be rescued.

The dog's owner picked him up Friday night, said Piringer.