Emergency crews rescued a dog who had been missing for five days after slipping her collar at Sleeping Giant State Park.
According to her owner, 17-year-old Sadie went missing on July 27 at Sleeping Giant. Sadie is deaf, and between that and the size of the park, it was difficult for searchers to find her.
After several days and posts on social media asking people to report sightings, a hiker heard her howling and posted about it on Facebook.
Steve Tobey, a North Haven resident who had been out looking for Sadie several times and trying to organize a search party, headed out in Wednesday's storms to continue the search.
“I was just praying that I would find something and I stopped in a spot and the dog started barking. I thought it was on a ledge but it was under the ground," he said.
Sadie was stuck in a deep ravine.
Sadie's owner Chris Roush said when he saw the post, he immediately headed to the area to start searching. When he got there, he found the others already there trying to get her to safety.
Another searcher, Russell, climbed into the hole, got a leash around Sadie's neck, and brought her out. Roush said it was an emotional moment.
“I hadn’t seen this dog in four days and she’s been with me for 15 so I’d thought I’d lost her.”
Sadie was taken to the veterinarian for treatment. She has no broken bones but is weak and dehydrated.