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MADISON COUNTY, Ill. – A dog is safe thanks to a Madison County fire department.

Prairietown Fire Department received a call Monday night about Rico the dog being trapped down a 40 foot well with 2 feet of water at the bottom. The department said on its Facebook page that they “all feared the worst.”

They called Edwardsville Fire Department for more help and worked in tandem to rescue Rico. Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford said Prairietown Fire Department did not have the confined space rescue equipment needed for this incident.

Whiteford said Rico was missing for eight hours when neighbors of Rico’s owners, Susan and Paul Miller, saw that their dog was barking at the well. The neighbors then called 9-1-1 at about 10:27 p.m.

Prairietown Fire Department said, “Rico is safe and giving us doggy kisses!!!”