Dozens gathered outside 303 S. Jackson St. at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday to watch as Youngstown firefighters, police and the Mahoning County dog warden rescued a dog that had been stuck on the roof for three days.
Neighbors called to report a Rottweiler had escaped from a hole in the attic of a three-story home on South Jackson Street three days ago. Christopher Gonzalez, 20, who lives across the street from the 303 S. Jackson St. residence, said he saw the dog stuck a few days ago.
“It sounded like they took the call as a joke at first,” Gonzalez said. “I called a last time this morning since that dog seems like it’s really struggling, and finally everybody’s here.”
After about an hour, Kyle Trimble, a firefighter, carried the dog to safety with the help of others. D’Andre Berger, the dog’s owner, arrived to the scene in the middle of the rescue, explaining he had been staying at a friend’s house the past week. He said the South Jackson Street residence had been broken into this week.
The dog warden said at the scene that the dog would not be released to the owner, as Berger did not have a license to own the dog.
Paul Poulos, a Boardman police officer and an animal-shelter volunteer who came to the scene, said this incident was not a normal animal call. He explained this might happen once a year.
“You might get a couple calls for a dog on a roof – but never a roof that high up or for that long.”