Dog trapped in volcano? It can happen. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island (AP Photo/Caleb Jones/Thinkstock)
Dog trapped in volcano? It can happen.
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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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COMMENTS (45)
  • joshread-bak
    10/14/2015 - 09:05 a.m.

    I think that dog shoued be prearyed for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gigimarks-bak
    10/14/2015 - 09:11 a.m.

    this a very good book for reporters

  • ryanstreator-bak
    10/14/2015 - 09:13 a.m.

    What!A dog trapped in valcaneno?Wow and here I am thinking evreything will be fine whith dogs becuse I have an obedeont dog myself Ive never seen a valcaneno in my life so i thought there were none left.

  • bb-bla
    10/14/2015 - 02:26 p.m.

    That was so sad but I'm happy that you found him. If that was my dog I would be crying. If I had a dog I would keep him/her on a leash. I would not want my dog to wonder off like that. That was such a tragic story.

  • sr-bla
    10/14/2015 - 02:41 p.m.

    I love dogs and I am devastated about this dog.I started to read it and I wanted to stop.I used to have a dog,but i had to give it away.That moment was the worst moment of my life.

  • ms-bla
    10/14/2015 - 02:43 p.m.

    I grew up loving dogs. It makes me sad that it happened.When I started reading I felt so bad for him. I am glad he is ok.

    • es-bla
      10/22/2015 - 11:22 a.m.

      its so sad that a dog would be traped on a vlocono that makes wanna cry

  • bernadetteb-ree
    10/15/2015 - 07:58 a.m.

    If Caproni had a leash for her dog, Romeo this would prevented from happening.

  • skime-fra
    10/15/2015 - 10:57 a.m.

    wow is thes reel

  • jshelton-fra
    10/15/2015 - 10:58 a.m.

    I like how they saved the dog but I almost cryed when I herd that the dog got stuck because I have a 4 year old dog to and they look the same as that dog

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