MALIBU—The Los Angeles County Fire Department rescued a small Yorkshire Terrier that fell 30 feet into an abandoned septic tank on Friday, September 27.

Firefighters and the Urban Search and Rescue Team responded to the 6700 block of Dume Drive after the first report was made at about 1:00 p.m.

It took both teams three hours to rescue the small dog. The animal was brought up to the surface by 4:20 p.m. As rescue personnel pulled the dog up, they found him to be covered in mud, but was still breathing. They wrapped the small terrier in a blue cloth and cleaned him up. The animal was taken to a local veterinarian to be examined. The veterinarian indicated that the animal is expected to be okay.

According to the L.A. County Fire Department’s Twitter account, the Yorkshire Terrier was reunited with its owner by about 5:00 p.m. The department tweeted, “Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Firefighters demonstrate once again why they are the finest technical rescue specialists in the world. Los Angeles County Firefighters – Proud Protectors of Life and Property!”