While exploring caves in Dewey Hickman Nature Preserve in Indiana, a group of hikers suddenly came across something unexpected. The group saw something moving 30 feet below them.
The group tried leaning in to see if they can see what is down below. The group then discovered that the movement was coming from a very skinny dog, clearly in need of help. The group knew the moment they saw the dog, that there is no way they are leaving him behind. Whether he was a stray or someone’s pet, he was stuck, and he needed rescuing.
“They repelled down and tied him up to a harness and lifted him out,” April Breeden of Harrison County Animal Control told The Dodo. “When Hawkeye came out of the cave, he was very emaciated. Once they were in the cave with him and once he got out as well, he was very gentle. They originally repelled down to check it out and came back up. He started barking like, ‘Don’t leave me.’”
The group had no idea how long the dog, who they later found out is named Hawkeye, had been trapped in the cave. But to ensure he is okey they took him to get checked out and given the proper care. The group took him to Harrison County Animal Control. After the checkup and based on his condition the vet estimated that the poor pup had probably been alone in the cave for up to two weeks.
When Hawkeye was found he was wearing a collar, which made the group assumed that he has a family. As the shelter cared for Hawkeye and did their best to nurse him back to health, they began the search for his family. Through local news stations who have picked up the story, a family realised that someone had found their beloved dog.
“The family saw his story on the news and contacted us. The family had let him out to potty and he took off about two weeks prior to him being found.”
The shelter quickly arranged for his family to come and collect him. Hawkeye’s rescuers also came to say their final goodbyes to the sweet pup. As soon as the lost dog saw his family walk through the shelter doors, he couldn’t contain his joy.
“When he saw his dad, he was so excited, jumping and kissing him.”
Watch the sweet video here: https://www.thedodo.com/daily-dodo/people-find-lost-dog-at-bottom-of-cave?jwsource=cl
Hawkeye’s family was so thankful for everyone involved in saving his life and brought him back to his loving family.