Rescuers work around the clock to save deaf puppy from 50-foot hole

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A 7-week-old deaf puppy was rescued from a 50-foot hole in Huntsville, Alabama late Friday night. Toffee spent more than 30 hours in the hole before rescuers finally got the puppy out. They finally got her out around 11:30 p.m. MT.

Reports from the scene said Toffee was in perfect health. Sardines and a snare apparently did the trick.

Live video showed rescuers working to save a deaf 7-week-old puppy named Toffee Friday after the dog tumbled down a 50-foot hole the day before.

Toffee's story captured the attention of hundreds after her foster family in Huntsville, Alabama posted a call for help on a local lost pet Facebook page. On Friday, rescue

The foster owner says she didn’t know about the hole before Toffee fell in. She said it was mostly covered up with rocks, and the crevice was only completely revealed when a rescue team arrived.  Crews wanted to lower a person down, but the entrance to the hole is about 5 inches wide.

Rescue teams used all kinds of resources -- they lowered down many different crates, tarps, ropes, duffle bags, food items, etc., to try to lure Toffee into a place where she could be lifted.

Huntsville Fire & Rescue had a camera on the end of a plumbing pipe that was lowered into the crevice. They could see that Toffee was alive and moving around, but she was resting under a ledge that was out of reach of all the items that were lowered down to her.

She was provided with food, water, and ways to stay warm down in the hole.


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