A beloved family dog was feared to have died after the neighboring home’s brick wall collapsed, Monday morning, October 15th.

A three–story brick wall in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood  suddenly collapsed and crushed a car parked in the yard owned by Jose Gonzalez.  Despite the damaged vehicle, Gonzalez expressed his delight that no one was injured in the incident.  He, however, felt concerned knowing that his 16–year–old dog, Magic, an American pit bull terrier, was in the area when it happened.

Apprehensive, he and his family members started digging through the rubble with their bare hands in the hopes of finding the beloved dog alive.  Unfortunately, their effort was in vain.  It was with heavy hearts but everybody pronounced Magic dead, said Gonzalez.


“He (Gonzalez) loved that dog”, said Pedro Palmer, owner of the construction company that was contracted to clean up the mess.

On Wednesday, two days after the frightening occurrence, construction personnel started working on the wreckage with heavy equipment to clean up the area.  It is then they noticed that something black appeared to be moving under the bricks. Workers started digging by hand to prevent further injury.

Palmer and his crew were surprised and couldn’t believe the canine was alive after spending two days under the wreckage.  He claimed, “It’s impossible!”

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Gonzalez was in tears after learning that his much–loved pet was found alive.  He said “They say men don’t cry but I was so happy I was crying”.

Magic was brought immediately to the veterinary clinic and was given professional care and treatment for head trauma and dehydration.  He was also placed under close observation to ensure his well–being.

Authorities from Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspection said the collapse was caused by an unlicensed and uninsured contractor not adhering to construction code. The department has instructed residents to keep out of the construction site until a city inspector completes the investigation.



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