A 7-week-old deaf puppy fell into a hole behind a house in Huntsville, Alabama. Professional rescuers and volunteers worked tirelessly around the clock to help the animal return to the arms of its foster owner.
Karen Smith took three pups into her care; all dogs were Australian shepherd and Catahoula leopard dog mixes. One of the pups was deaf, and it was named Toffee.
On June 28 at around 5:00 p.m., Toffee was wandering around in Smith’s backyard when she fell into a hole 50 feet (approx. 15 meter) deep. Unable to reach the animal, Smith immediately called for help.
Local firefighters, animal groups, and volunteers worked together to rescue the trapped little pup. The opening to the hole is narrow, which made the rescue effort difficult.
A net with food was lowered into the hole in hopes Toffee would get inside, but the young pup did not move and sat in the dark.
“I feel so helpless to help her,” Smith said in an interview with Global News. “It just kills me that she’s down there and she’s fine, and I can’t get to her.”
After more than 30 hours, Toffee was successfully saved from the confined and dark space. The minute she was hoisted up, the group let out a loud and joyous cheer.
Smith quickly took Toffee into her arms and hugged the pup tightly as she began to weep tears of joy.
“I will never be able to adequately express my heartfelt gratitude to the entire community of people that came to aid in the rescue of my sweet foster puppy, Toffee,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
“I am humbled, thankful, and amazed at the way the people of North Alabama showed up!!!”
The rescue of Toffee was truly a group-effort one. Let’s hope that crevice in the backyard gets closed up to prevent any future accidents.
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