Last weekend, Joe Dunn was hiking in Florida’s Withlacoochee State Forest when he heard a haunting sound…a distressed dog was whimpering and crying from deep in the ground. Dunn told WFLA News, “It’s sound you don’t like to hear. Really disturbing, makes you really sad to hear.” A dog was crying for help from within a deep cave.
Dunn wasn’t equipped to rescue the dog from the cavern…and the dog clearly wanted and needed his help. Thanks to a plea put to social media, rescue efforts were put into action. Good Samaritans, including specialists from Rhino Staging, met up with Dunn and hiked back into the forest where the dog was trapped.
The rescuers immediately went to work – dropping ropes and a harness and rappelling into the 20-foot cave to secure the dog. And when the pup was pulled to safety, her happiness was undeniable. Dunn told the news agency, “The dog was so happy. She just rolled around on the grass, wanting her belly rubbed. She was the happiest animal I’ve ever seen.”
Fortunately, the wayward dog was wearing a collar – her rescuers learned that her name is Sally and she had been missing for three weeks.
On social media, Dunn thanked everyone who was involved in Sally’s rescue:
Thankfully I was able to get some help from an amazing group of people! Here is a link to the video from the first the day where I discovered the dog up until the second day when I returned with help. Special thanks to everyone who helped and of course to all of you for helping to spread the word. The rescue was made possible by (Steve Pavlik, Chris Pavlik, Alex Nardone, Alyssa Solis, John Neal, Amy Neal and Wags To Riches Rescue, Inc., Rhino Staging and IATSE Local 321)
Great work team!
(Image via Florida Trailblazer Facebook page)
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