Crews work to rescue deaf puppy stuck in hole in Alabama

Crews work to rescue deaf puppy stuck in hole in Alabama

A team of firefighters, cave rescuers and plumbers spent 31 hours struggling to save a seven-month-old deaf puppy in Huntsville, Alabama.

"I still can't believe she's really out and she's right here and I'm holding her", said Toffee's foster owner Karen Smith as she held close to the puppy.

Reports from the scene said Toffee was in flawless health.

The puppy's owners told Huntsville, Alabama, ABC affiliate WAAY that the puppy, named Toffee, fell into the hole at about 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The story of Toffee captured the attention of the United States media and ended just after midnight (local time) on Saturday as volunteers lifted her out with the help of some sardines and a snare, local media reported.

A camera has been placed on the end of a plumbing pipe to watch her and she has been seen resting under a rock out of reach of the items that have been sent down to her.

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Toffee was trapped in a 50-foot hole outside her foster family's home in south Huntsville.

Toffee's plight has attracted national media attention as people across the nation offered well wishes, prayers and even offered to come to Huntsville to help with the rescue.

Water and ways to stay warm have also been sent down. "Now I can sleep tonight", said a Twitter user who goes by the name of Jamie. Sardines and a snare apparently did the trick.

Ms Smith clenched Toffee after she was rescued, burying her head into her fur, footage showed.

"I still can't believe it".

Her foster mother said the whole ordeal was hard, but she is thankful for the large amount of support that flowed in. "And we are going to cover that hole up".

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