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Pawper making full recovery after manhole rescue

More than two months after being rescued from a 20-foot-deep sewer drain, the wire-haired dachshund is on her way to a full recovery.

"She's using her leg 80 to 90 percent. I expect she'll make a full recovery," said Dr. Sarah Israel, the veterinarian who performed surgery on the dog's injured right leg.

Pawper's tale began Feb. 22 when SAWS crews spotted the dog trapped deep in a sewer drain on the east side.  

Unable to reach the dog, they called the San Antonio Fire Department, who dispatched Hazmat and rescue teams.

"We treated this like any rescue of a live person," said firefighter Brian Deschenes.

He described the rescue as "challenging" as a colleague was lowered deep into the manhole.

"Thankfully, Pawper was very friendly when we got to the bottom, and Rick was able to scoot her right up," Deschenes said.

Pawper's right leg was injured, however.

"We were calling her Walter because we found her under the Walters Street bridge, and at first, we didn't know she was a girl," Deschenes said.

The sweet-natured girl not only got a new name, Pawper, she has a new home, making her tale one with a happy ending.

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