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(CNN) - A dog in St. Louis is recovering at a shelter after being trapped in a sewer for days. This comes after neighbors say its owner deserted the animal.

The sound of a barking dog. People in this section of North County off of Chambers had been hearing it for days. Neighbors say a man moved away and deserted his two pit bulls.As for the barking...

"Since Saturday. One of the workers actually saw two dogs go into the hole and fell in and one of them actually got right out, but the other one never came out," says Vivian Dudley who lives nearby.

So beneath a decaying parking lot in a series of storm drains, the dog stayed.  When neighbors called for help, animal control came, but couldn't get him out.

"They said there's nothing we can do, we'll put a trap here. And when we came back up and saw the trap we said, 'No, we're gonna have to do something," says Mary Greenwell.

Animal control officials say they left a trap and backed off... That rescue efforts were scaring the dog away, they also believed the dog could get in and out when it wanted to. Neighbors say that's not the case.

"We've just been feeding him every day because we couldn't get him out," says Dudley.

Online pleas were finally answered by Stray Rescue and some other volunteers. First they got the dog to move closer to where they could reach him.  

"We were finally able to get it around him and get him to come out far enough to give him the little sleepy drugs and that's about it," says Donna Lochmann with Stray Rescue.

And finally, after four days underground according to the folks out here, they got him.

"When he comes out and he's wagging his tail, he'll be fine. He's just scared. We'll take him back to our shelter and put him in a room where he can chill out a little bit and give him a couple of days to just chill, and I think he'll be fine," says Lochmann.

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