A dog trapped for five days at the bottom of a narrow rock crevice in a state park north of New York has been rescued unharmed – despite being hungry and thirsty, park officials said Wednesday.
While 12-year-old dog Liza went days without food or water in the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, he was observed licking the damp walls of the crevice before a rescuer could finally move on Tuesday, the state parks agency said. in a press release.
A local woman was hiking with the dog on Thursday when he fell out of sight into a crevasse. Park workers were unable to enter the crevasse to help the barking dog.
Two members of the New Jersey Initial Response Team, a group of volunteers specializing in cave rescue, were able to descend enough into the crevasse on Tuesday to get a specialized plumbing camera close enough to observe Liza.
Rescuer Jessica Van Ord crossed the passage and used a hot dog hanging from the end of a modified catch pole to trick the dog into putting its head in a loop. This allowed another rescuer nearby to complete the loop.
“It was a narrow vertical crack leading to an even narrower horizontal crack. Only Jessica Van Ord, our smallest member of the team, was able to squeeze and twist over 40 feet from the surface to reach the dog, ”said Mark Dickey, response team leader, in the press release.
The dog was placed in a rescue bag and brought to the surface around 5 p.m. Tuesday and was reunited with its owner.
“We were all worried that the dog didn’t survive until Jessica could come closer and hear a movement,” said Gina Carbonari, executive director of the Ulster County SPCA. “The joy on the surface of this news was just amazing and renewed everyone’s motivation to get this little dog to safety.
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