A French man was stunned to receive a bill for $10,000 from the firefighters who rescued his pet dog after she got stuck in an underground pipe while chasing a fox.

A couple of months ago, Alian Chichignoud, went through a stressful situation after one of his pet dogs disappeared in Switzerland. Gaia, a 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, ran after a fox and didn’t come back.

Gaia went missing on a Friday, and Alian and his other two pets canines, Bocka and Zuni, spent almost two days looking for her. It was only on Sunday morning that Boycka heard Gaia’s muffled cries coming from a drain on the side of the road and alerted his master. The dog had become stuck with the fox in a very narrow pipe, and Alian realized very quickly that he would need help to get her out.

With no way to reach the underground pipe by himself, Laian called emergency services, and a team of firefighters was sent to assist him. After assessing the situation, the firefighters notified the Frenchman that reaching the pipe required more men, as well as specialized machinery and that he would end up paying the cost of the operation.

Alian Chichignoud was told that he would receive the bill for the rescue operation in a matter of weeks, but when it finally came, it hit him like a ton of bricks. He was notified that he had to pay 9,241 Swiss francs ($10,000) in 30 days, and suddenly, the heroic work of the firefighters didn’t seem that heroic anymore.

I don’t want to take anything away from the rescuers, but I was under the impression that it was a gesture of kindness and benevolence. Through this sum, I rather have the impression that my distress for my dog ​​was used to line their pockets

Frenchman said.


Luckily, dog owners around the world came to his rescue and donated more than enough to pay the bill.