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Emaciated dog rescued from cave

Emaciated dog rescued from cave Emaciated dog rescued from cave

Cavers who were exploring Dewey Hickman Nature Reserve on Saturday found a thin black-and-white dog after investigating movement they saw down a 30-foot pit.

According to Harrison County Animal Control, the cavers rappelled down the pit and lifted the dog out. The cavers believe the dog, now named Dewey, may have been caught by his collar on a branch as he fell as there appeared to be scratch marks about halfway down the shaft. It is believed the dog was able to eventually wiggle free and dropped to the bottom of the pit.

An empty turtle shell found by the cavers at the bottom of the pit may have collected rain water, which helped to keep Dewey alive.

After being housed Saturday by a county resident, animal control was called on Sunday.

Based on his condition, Dewey may have been in the cave for up to two weeks, as indicated by how thin he is and how loose his collar is.

Dewey is under the care of Harrison County Animal Control and will need veterinary care as he is reintroduced to food. Animal control is accepting monetary donations, which can be dropped off at the facility or mailed to 3132 Hope Lane, Corydon, IN 47112. Besides assisting with expenses for Dewey, donations will help care for other animals at the facility.

Dewey is on a five-day stray hold as animal control tries to locate his owners.