Toffee, a 7-week-old puppy, fell into a 50-foot-deep crevice behind a Huntsville, Alabama home on Thursday. But just after midnight Friday – roughly 30 hours after rescue attempts first began – she was rescued.
The pup, who happens to be deaf, fell down the inches-wide space late Thursday afternoon. Firefighters, cave-rescue crews and plumbers all joined forces in the rescue effort, lowering nets, snares and food to try to retrieve Toffee, as it was too narrow a space for a person to enter.
Finally, the moment came. Volunteers erupted in cheers when Toffee was pulled out of the hole.
“This is a miracle,” Karen Smith, the puppy’s foster mother, told reporters at the scene.
The story quickly made national news.
“You all are heroes,” one Facebook user wrote on a news station’s live stream of the event.
“Thanks for not giving up!” another person commented.
Video footage shows Toffee wagging her tail as Smith holds the rescued puppy.