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Dog stranded in mine shaft for over a week rescued by group of hikers in Park County

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Oct 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-21 19:41:09-04

PARK COUNTY, Colo. – A dog that was stranded for over a week in a Park County mine shaft is back home with its owner thanks to a group of hikers.

Preston Gladd was hiking the Beaver Creek area of Fairplay earlier this month when he heard sounds coming from a cave. He assumed the sounds were a wild animal and did not investigate further, until a week later when he heard actual barking, according to a friend who posted about the ordeal on Facebook.

The two then went back to the area on October 18, where they came upon a mine shaft and discovered a malnourished dog.

Grabbing another friend and climbing gear, the three went back to the mine shaft where a pair of glowing yellow eyes could be seen looking up at them from the bottom of the shaft.

It did not take long for them to rescue the dog, who appeared to be underweight and dehydrated.   

In the post, Portia Scovern wrote they were shocked to find out the dog suffered no injuries after a 20-foot fall.

The dog was reunited with the owner in the past couple of days, Scovern said.