Two dogs are lucky to be alive, and it’s no small thanks to a heroic group of animal rescuers who pulled them out of their predicament.
As the Kilauea volcano erupts on the main island of Hawaii, over a dozen volcanic fissures have opened up around the Leilani Estates subdivision.
Carol Hosley, who lives in the danger area, had been packing up her possessions so she could evacuate two weeks ago when her dogs, who are named Little Dude and Brus, became frightened by the sudden appearance of male rescuers and they took off running into the wilderness.
Since Hosley had adopted the two dogs from the Aloha Ilio animal rescue, the organization joined in on the search for the missing dogs.
“We’ve been looking for him for 10 days, and we’ve just kept going back, and going back,” Daylynn Kyles, president of Aloha Ilio Dog Rescue, told Hawaii News Now.
Finally after ten days of searching, the rescue team found the pups trapped between a fence line and a surge of cooled lava. Though they were unharmed by the lava, Brus and Little Dude had both been bitten by red ants and left severely shaken by their experience.
“They were stuck behind a fence, and they couldn’t get out because the lava had surrounded them,” Kyles said. “It was crazy.”
In order to rescue them, Kyles and two of the rescue crew had to army crawl through the grass and climb over the fence. Not only that, but as they were retrieving the dogs, they heard another volcanic fissure opening up nearby, which Kyles described as a “big boom” that sounded “like a freight train.”
Thankfully, no one was injured by the lava splatters and the animal shelter is currently taking care of the dogs while Hosley finds new housing.
“I’m just thrilled to death, I just couldn’t be happier,” Hosley said. “The other stuff is stuff, but I got the dogs.”
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