Occasionally, dogs find themselves trapped in challenging situations and require human assistance to be freed.
Just like one dog, who in recent weeks accidentally tumbled into a 30-foot crevice. Fortunately, a group of bystanders coincidentally stumbled upon the dog in time and saved the day.
On September 4, a team of individuals exploring caves at Dewey Hickman Nature Preserve in Indiana encountered an unexpected scene: a dog had become trapped at the bottom of a 30-foot pit.
According to Harrison County Animal Control, there were indications of scratches along the shaft, suggesting that the dog’s collar had become entangled with a branch during its descent, eventually reaching the bottom after freeing itself by wiggling.
The dog appeared to be severely underweight and had likely been stuck down there for approximately two weeks. It had probably survived by consuming rainwater collected in an empty turtle shell found at the pit’s base.
Thankfully, the dog’s ordeal came to an end when the explorers spotted him and utilized rappelling techniques to rescue him.
The spelunkers named their newfound companion Dewey, and the dog expressed immense gratitude for their assistance.
“When Hawkeye emerged from the cave, he was significantly emaciated,” shared April Breeden of Harrison County Animal Control with The Dodo. “He exhibited gentleness once they were in the cave with him, and also after he was out.”
“After initially rappelling down to assess the situation and returning to the surface, he began barking as if to say, ‘Don’t leave me.'”
Following the rescue, the emaciated dog was brought to Harrison County Animal Control.
Fortunately, “Dewey” found his way back home soon after. On September 6, animal control announced that they had located the dog’s owner. “His actual name is Hawkeye,” they stated. They expressed gratitude to everyone who shared the story, as Hawkeye’s family reportedly reached out after recognizing their dog in the news.
On September 7, Hawkeye was joyfully reunited with his family, bringing a happy conclusion to his harrowing experience. “When he saw his dad, he was so thrilled, jumping and showering him with kisses,” Breeden recounted to The Dodo.
We’re so glad Hawkeye is home. It’s a miracle these cave explorers found him, and we’re so glad they saved him and helped him reunite with his family.
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Rewritten Source: theanimalclub.net/dogs/cave-explorers-find-dog-trapped-in-30-foot-pit-rappel-down-to-save-his-life/