In Wales Cherry the Chihuahua disappeared while going for a walk with her owner’s father. He threw a stick and she just disappeared. For five days she was trapped in a deep shaft of an abandoned mine. The situation looked hopeless until many agencies came together.
Over $1500 was crowdfunded in just one day to get the rescue started. The rescue involved RSPCA Cymru, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Gwent Police, Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Services and numerous volunteers.
Drones are being used a lot for search and rescue today. Drone operators took just 20 minutes to locate Cherry using thermal imaging cameras. By using a grasper device rescuers were able to reach down into the hole and entice Cherry into the loop by dropping food down to her. The third time she stepped into the loop they were able to safely lift her out of the crevice.
Cherry was checked by a veterinarian and is doing well.
Her owner, RSPCA animal care assistant Katinka Slingsby, said, “The rescue was absolutely incredible, and we are so overwhelmed by the levels of support from agencies and the public.”