HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - After 30 hours of effort, volunteers were able to rescue a 7-week-old deaf puppy that fell down a 50-foot crevice behind a house in Alabama.
Volunteers erupted in cheers as the pup -- named Toffee -- was pulled out of the narrow hole around midnight Saturday with the help of a snare and some food.
Toffee fell into the inches-wide space around 5 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters, cave rescue crews and plumbers joined the rescue effort, lowering nets, snares and food to try to retrieve Toffee.
"Y'all this is a miracle," Karen Smith, the puppy's foster mother, told reporters. Video footage showed the white puppy wagging her tail as Smith cuddled her.
Huntsville television stations drew thousands of followers as they live-streamed the recovery efforts.
Now, Toffee needs a new home and Smith hopes she and one of her siblings will be adopted together. "We're taking applications for them now. I would like for her to be adopted with one of her siblings, just because I think that would help her, since she's deaf. But you know, we'll be able to find her a great home," Smith said.