Coast Guard Rescues Dog Trapped In Shipping Container For Eight Days

Feb 5, 2024 | News

February 5, 2024

The good news of today comes from Boone County in Kentucky.

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue team found an unexpected passenger in a shipping container during a routine inspection. The team, led Petty Officer McMahon, was surprised when they heard barking, scratching, and squeaking coming from one of the shipping containers.

They cautiously opened the container and were greeted with a small furry face, a dog trapped in the dark space. The dog was remarkably calm and seemed happy to be freed from her confinement.

McMahon stated that “as soon as we opened the box, we could see a little dog’s head poking out.” “She was more than happy to be out of the dark space and in the arms of people who were going to care for her.”


A further investigation by Coast Guard officials revealed Connie was trapped in the container without food or water for at least eight days. The container, which was filled with discarded cars destined for export, likely came from a junkyard.

“So, based on this, they think the dog was most likely in a junkyard or in a vehicle.” “That’s how the dog accidentally ended up in the container,” said Chief Petty Officer Corinne Zilnicki.

McMahon, who was grateful for being at the right place and time, expressed the urgency of the crisis.

“It would have taken at least another week for her to get where she was going (on a cargo vessel) and two weeks without water or food. He said, “I don’t believe she would have survived.”

Forever Changed Animal Rescue took her in and worked diligently to bring her back to health.

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