As guardians to our pets, our biggest concern is keeping our furry friends safe from harm. We do our best to protect them in the ways they cannot protect themselves; searching out quality food, providing them with secure collars, making sure they are up to date with visits to the vet, and keeping them by our side when we can. Unfortunately, there are times where the unexpected happens despite all our efforts to keep our pets safe. Curiosity often gets the best of our critters, leaving them in unsafe predicaments as it did in the case of Rachel Stormonth-Darling’s sweet dog Moppit.
Rachel had been searching for her beloved dog Moppit for eighteen hours when she finally heard a whimper come from underground, of all places. “I was scouring the garden when I noticed the stream had gone dry, which had never happened before. I put my ear to the connecting tunnel and heard Moppit,” Rachel explained to the Daily Mail. After the tunnel she was exploring collapsed as she tried to dig her way out, the poor pup was stuck fifteen feet underneath the neighbor’s patio.
A firefighter was called in to attend to the scene, but recognizing the complicated nature of the rescue, he called in a fire crew, a technical rescue team, and a highly trained underground search and rescue unit. To rescue Moppit, the team had to employ the use of specially made underground cameras, hand drawn maps, specialist ground breaking machinery, and even the advice of a local history buff.
The Urban Search and Rescue Unit typically uses their recovery equipment for large natural incidents such a cliff collapses and floods, but spared no effort when it came to rescuing Moppit. With their local guide’s knowledge of the underground tunnels and equipment, they began their effort to find Rachel’s beloved dog.
The team of eight rescuers worked round the clock to recover Moppit from underneath the soil. She helped too, by barking all the while and alerting rescuers to her location. After nine long hours, she was pulled from underground and finally reunited with Rachel. “The rescue team was incredible,” Rachel expressed, “I thought there was no chance she’d get rescued – it was against all odds she survived.” Aside from slight dehydration, Moppit was unharmed and has since made a full recovery safely at home with Rachel.
Though situations like Rachel and Moppit’s are sometimes unavoidable, there are still precautions we can take to ensure a happy ending for all of us. When outside with your pets, always make sure to keep a close eye on them. Some of us may have pets that do not stray from our homes and yards, but we still must watch them and make sure the space they roam is safe. It is important to also make sure leashes and collars are secure and fitted with up-to-date information on their tags. Microchipping is an even better option, as anyone who finds your pet can easily find your information to contact you even without a collar.
If your pet should end up lost, it will be that much easier for them to find their way back home to you. Lastly, if you should ever find yourself in a predicament like Rachel’s, call an animal rescue hotline for help!
Lead Image Source: Rachel-Stormonth Darling