Dog trapped in volcano? It can happen.
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 after a rescue team removed the Labrador retriever 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, at the park Oct. 4. That is when Romeo ran off.  The pooch disappeared, 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 about 20 feet deep," she said. "Romeo went jumping around this area and disappeared.  We couldn't 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 by sending in a park ranger, Arnold Nakata. A park news release said he found the dog apparently 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 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 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane.
"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 the dogs are obedient. She would let them run off-leash.  But it is something she doesn't plan to do again.

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What could have prevented this problem?
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  • John0724-YYCA
    10/13/2015 - 08:22 p.m.

    I think the dog should have been really scared that he was trapped in a volcano because he could have been hurt by lava. I wonder how in the first place the dog got in there because not everyday you hear about a dog getting trapped in a volcano. I also think that the dog should have been careful or the owner because I could only think of two ways he got in a volcano. One is that the dog wandered off or the owner wasn't caring for the dog.

  • colek-1-bar
    10/13/2015 - 08:39 p.m.

    A leash on the dog could have prevented this problem from every occurring. Also someone could have made a fence around the volcano crack so no one/thing can fall into it, or just fill up the crack. I found this article moderately interesting. It did surprise me though that the dog was unharmed from the 20 feet fall!

  • annabel1226-yyca
    10/13/2015 - 08:48 p.m.

    Yes, Romeo is a lucky dog. Romeo could have died in the crack. Good thing, that Romeo whined. It was the owner's fault, because they didn't leashed the dog. Next time, all the dogs should be trained not to go fast, and the owners should list them. If I were Romeo's owner I will watch him everything that he does. So, when Romeo disappears I will know where it went when I watch him.

  • ryan0420-yyca
    10/13/2015 - 08:59 p.m.

    That is crazy I don't even think that it is possible for a dog to get stuck in a volcano. Also the dog IS so lucky that the volcano wasn't active. It is crazy that the dog fell in there and didn't break any bones. Also the dog probably never ran of again. The owners were also lucky because their dog didn't die. Also there dog got saved.

  • heatherm-4-bar
    10/13/2015 - 09:37 p.m.

    this article is very important because if there is a dangerous place with lots of cracks an holes the dogs and children all people should be safe and dogs should have leash and be going very slowly. if people were more careful accidents like this wouldnt happen.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    10/14/2015 - 01:59 a.m.

    I am glad that the dog is okay because there could have been an earthquake and the crack would have caved-in. There are a lot of things that could have happened while the dog was in there. I am just glad that the dog is safe.
    What could have prevented this problem?
    Answer: Holding the dog on a leash might have prevented this problem.

  • anthonyr16-wil
    10/14/2015 - 09:08 a.m.

    we should keep the dogs on a leash because what if run off some were and do not see them again

  • jordanb-pay
    10/14/2015 - 11:05 a.m.

    Yes even though Id prefer dogs to be free and run out I dont like the idea of never seeing them again because they got caught in a place of no return.

  • elizabeths2-wil
    10/14/2015 - 11:20 a.m.

    well, she probably should have kept her dog on a leash. After all, you never know what a dog might do.

  • alanam-gra
    10/14/2015 - 11:52 a.m.

    This could have been prevented if they did not let the dog run around with no leash on.

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