Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island (AP Photo/Caleb Jones/Thinkstock)
Dog trapped in volcano? It can happen.
October 13, 2015
A Big Island family was reunited with its dog. A rescue team removed the Labrador retriever that had been trapped in a crack in the earth. It happened at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Volcano resident Marta Caproni and her boyfriend were walking the 4-year-old chocolate Lab, Romeo, and his littermate, Tommy. They were at the park Oct. 4. That is when Romeo ran off. The pooch disappeared. That was what the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper reported.
"We had no idea that to the left of this gravel area, there is a major crack in the earth," she said of the 20-foot-deep crack. "Romeo went jumping around this area and disappeared. We could not tell he had fallen in."
Caproni said they tracked Romeo's faint whining. They discovered that it was coming from deep inside a crack.
A rescue team was able to remove Romeo. A park ranger, Arnold Nakata, was sent in to help. A park news release said he found the dog. It seemed unhurt.
"When they pulled him up, he came walking toward me unharmed, happy as he could be," Caproni said of Romeo. "He was rolling around in the grass. And (he) went back to the park rangers and kissed them."
Dogs must be on leashes at all times in areas of the park where they are permitted. That is according to Jessica Ferracane. She is the spokeswoman for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
"There have been cases where animals have fallen into steam vents, never to be seen again," she said. "Luckily, this turned out with a happy ending."
Caproni has lived across from the entrance to the park for 15 years. She says her dogs are obedient. She has let them run off-leash. But it is something she does not plan to do again.
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