Lucky Dog! Pup Trapped for Five Days Rescued Successfully, Unharmed

By Darby Jones October 18, 2021
A dog trapped for five days deep inside a narrow, rocky crevice at a state park north of New York City was rescued unharmed.

On Oct. 7, a 12-year-old dog named Liza was out for a hike with her owner at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, located north of New York City, when she fell into a narrow crevice. Liza could not be seen but could still be heard barking.

The park staff tried to reach her into the night but were unsuccessful, so the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the New Jersey Initial Response Team joined the efforts on Oct. 12. The teams were able to get a special camera down the crevice to find Liza alive and unharmed. A member of the rescue team then went into the crevice with a catch-pole to retrieve the pup, using a hot dog to lure Liza through the loop of the pole.

“This was a tight vertical fissure leading to an even tighter horizontal crack. Only Jessica Van Ord, our smallest team member, was able to squeeze and contort herself more than 40 feet from the surface to reach the dog,” Mark Dickey, the chief of the New Jersey Initial Response Team, said in a press release.

“We were all concerned the dog had not survived until Jessica was able to get closer and hear movement,” Gina Carbonari, the executive director of the Ulster County SPCA, said. “The rejoicing on the surface to that news was just incredible and renewed everyone’s motivation to get this little dog to safety.”

Aside from being hungry and thirsty, Liza was found in good health. After her initial checkup, the dog was reunited with her owners.

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