Cave rescue team member had to squeeze through tight gap and use hot dog to free animal
The 12-year-old dog, Liza, ran off from her owner during a walk at Minnewaska State Park Preserve and tumbled into the crevice.
Park staff members were unable to get into the narrow crevice to rescue the barking dog, who went days without food or water.
Eventually the New Jersey Initial Response Team, a volunteer group specialising in cave rescue, were called in to help.
Members of the team were able to descend into the crevice far enough to use a plumbing camera to locate Liza.
Rescuer Jessica Van Ord, the team’s smallest member was able to squeeze herself through the passage and used a hot dog to tempt the pet to put its head through a catch pole.
Another member was then able to close the loop and secure Liza.
“This was a tight vertical fissure leading to an even tighter horizontal crack. Only Jessica Van Ord, our smallest team member, was able to squeeze and contort herself more than 40 feet from the surface to reach the dog,” said Mark Dickey, chief of the response team.
Park officials say the rescued dog was hungry and thirsty but otherwise in good health.