Tiny Dog Rescued From Abandoned Mine Shaft

Dog was with off-roading owners when she got loose

A tiny 9-month-old pup was rescued Thursday after she fell 25 feet and spent the night in an abandoned mine shaft in Barstow, Calif.

Jerry Crain was off-roading in the desert Wednesday evening when his tiny canine – dubbed “Puppy Dog” by Crain’s grandchildren – got loose and started running around.

“Next thing I know, she wouldn’t come back,” Crain said.

Crain returned to the area at first light Thursday. He said he “just happened to notice the barbed wire” surrounding the mine shaft, and went in closer to examine the opening.

That’s when he saw his puppy.

“High Desert is peppered with abandoned mine shafts,” said Eric Sherwin, spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Sherwin said this type of rescue is not uncommon and his team is well-trained. Members of the department’s Urban Search and Rescue team rigged a high-angle contraption (pictured at right) on the edge of the mine shaft, and a firefighter propelled down the shaft.

The tiny dog was found sitting on a ledge about 25 feet down.

“She very lucky, I guess, because there was a ridge she was sitting on there. Otherwise, she could’ve went on down, could’ve been finished,” Crain said with tears in his eyes.

Puppy Dog wasn’t hurt in the fall, and won’t be accompanying her owner on any more desert adventures, Crain said.

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