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Macy’s owners reported that she was missing in Streator, Illinois, after they turned away for only a moment, reports Streator Fire Department Capt. Fred McClellan—one of Macy’s eventual rescuers. The ground had collapsed beneath Macy, which made it impossible to spot her at the time, even with the drone that they used. After a long day of searching for Macy and with no luck, her rescuers decided to continue the search in the morning.
The next day, Wrigley, a chocolate lab, and his owner were on a walk in the park when Wrigley ran over to the area where Macy had been stuck underground, McClellan told Daily Paws. Miraculously, the chocolate lab wouldn’t leave the area and whined and barked, letting his owner know he discovered Macy.
After Wrigley’s owner contacted the Fire Department, they began to carry out the difficult rescue. Although Macy was only 4 or 5 feet beneath the ground, she was stuck under 4–5 inches of mud, McClellan says. At first, the rescuers put a ladder down toward Macy to raise her, but when that didn’t work, they opted to lift her using the leash.
“There were a lot of things going on real quick,” McClellan said, who was standing right outside the opening as he tried to lift Macy out.
The 11-year-old canine seemed visibly excited to be out from the cold, muddy hole that she had spent almost 24 hours stuck in and quickly greeted her owner! This rescue was all made possible by the hero Labrador retriever, who played a vital role in reuniting Macy with her parents.
“Macy is HOME!!!! She fell into a sinkhole at Marilla and the fire department just rescued her! Kudos to them. Please do not go down there until they. get the area secure,” Macy’s owners said in a Facebook post.
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