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Dog rescued after falling in mine shaft
HINKLEY • Jerry Crain’s Chihuahua, Puppy Dog, wont be going on any more off-road trips any time soon.
Puppy Dog was rescued by the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue team on Thursday after she fell down a 25-foot mine shaft in Hinkley.
The dog fell down the shaft sometime Wednesday night.
“Once I saw them pull her up, I was so glad to see her OK,” Crain said. “I’m so thankful the fire crew was able to get her out of there. I for sure thought she was gone; my wife thought she was gone. My wife will be happy once I take her back home.”
Once reunited with Crain, Puppy Dog will turn from an off-roading dog to a yard dog, Crain joked.
“Her off-roading career has come to an end,” Crain said. “She will now be a yard dog with a very lucky story.”
Crain took Puppy Dog along for a ride on his Polaris RZR XP all-terrain vehicle on Wednesday night. After taking a break in the desert near Old Highway 58 and Community Boulevard, Crain said the dog wandered off.
While searching for Puppy Dog, Crain said he overturned his off-road vehicle and decided to call it a night.
When Crain returned Thursday morning, he noticed a small enclosed area surrounded by barbed wire.
Crain saw a hole in the ground and went to see just how deep it was, and as he approached he heard the dog’s cry for help.
Firefighters received the call at 9:30 a.m., according to County Fire spokeswoman Tracey Martinez.
Firefighter engineer Rich Lyons was hoisted down the shaft, where he met Puppy Dog and safely reunited her with Crain.
“We’re happy to see Puppy Dog is back with her owner and unharmed,” said Capt. Mark Wright of the technical rescue crew. “We’re glad nobody else was hurt in the incident. This was a great opportunity for us to actually deploy our resources and be a service to the community.”
Wright said the dog was lucky because according to Lyons, Puppy Dog fell on a pile of debris. Slightly to the left of the pile was a drop at least 30 feet down, Wright said.
Puppy Dog walked away from the shaft without any visible injuries and was taken back home to begin yard duty.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.