A Cocoa Police officer out on a routine patrol ended up finding a trio of stranded dogs in need of rescue Tuesday morning.
Officials say an officer was driving by West King Street around 7:45 a.m. when he heard dogs barking.
When he stopped to investigate he found three dogs inside the sewer drain on the eastbound side of the highway.
Firefighters were able to pry open the storm grate and the dogs were safely removed and turned over to Brevard County Animal Services.
"My first thought was how in the world did they get in there and how did I manage to hear them," Officer Rush said. "I think they may have gotten in from a manhole across the street. It appears they dug their way in and then got stuck. Fortunately they came out in good shape."
It is not known how long the dogs were trapped or if they belonged to someone.
Brevard County Animal Services is now caring for the dogs at the south shelter while attempting to find the owners.