Rescuers in Garland, Texas Thursday rushed to save a month-old puppy that had fallen into a ground crack blamed on the Texas drought.

Garland animal control officers used water to loosen the dirt and the whimpering puppy was free about 40 minutes later.

Ten-year-old Ketrick Sanders had gotten the dog just a day earlier. The family said they may name him “lucky.”

As of Thursday, nearly 97 percent of Texas was in either exceptional or extreme drought.

Forecasters predict that the dry conditions could last through December.

Watch this video from CBS’ The Early Show, broadcast Sept. 16, 2011.