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Dog rescued after falling into deep crack at Hawaii Volcanoes Park

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By Kristine Tofte

Romeo lives. Romeo, the dog, that is.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park rangers rescued Romeo on Sunday, after the pooch fell into a 20-foot-deep crack in the earth.

The drama started Saturday night, when Romeo’s owner was walking him in the park without a leash.

Romeo ventured into a densely wooded area, and his owner lost sight of him. She wasn’t able to find Romeo, and returned Sunday morning to hear a faint whining. She called for help, and park rangers responded.  

Ranger Arnold Nakata was lowered into the narrow crack, and he found Romeo in good condition.

Park rangers said while they’re happy Romeo’s story ended well, they’d like to remind people that pets must be on leash in the park at all times. Also, dogs and other pets are not allowed in many areas of the park due to certain park management programs, like nene recovery.

“We are glad that this rescue had a happy ending, because our pets are like family. The best way to protect them is not expose them unnecessarily to potentially hazardous areas that are prevalent in a national park," said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

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