There are two types of extreme animal control officers. The ones who only want to draw a pay check and when called for a rescue, mumble something like “You’re gonna need some rope...we did our best here,” as they back away and get into their car.
Then there are the ones who don’t back away from anything and seem to welcome the challenge that comes with a job where every day is different with so many ways to help animals and the public.
Terence Moniz was glad he got the latter when his dog, Kula, got trapped in a lava tube after escaping from their yard near a volcano in Hawaii.
After a long search of his neighborhood, he was horrified to find Kula, his 3-year-old Brittany Spaniel, had fallen into a collapsed lava tube at least 20-feet deep with 90-degree vertical walls. It was raining hard in the dark hours of the night when he found her and he worried that she might drown.
The next morning two employees of the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Keaau shelter, animal control officers Marie Kuahiwinui-Eggers and Starr Yamada, responded to the scene and spent hours planning and carrying out the rescue.
Their usual equipment was inadequate so they had to get creative. First they had to borrow rappel rope from the National Park Service; then they had to research on YouTube the proper way to build rope harnesses.
When everything was constructed, Eggers scaled into the lava tube and was able to tie a horse harness around the frightened but cooperative Kula, pulling her to safety. Kula seemed to know someone was there to rescue her. After 15 hours trapped underground and a long, rainy night, Kula was finally safe.
Kula lost a few patches of hair, but it was a successful rescue. In fact the officers seemed to enjoy the challenge. Moniz was more than impressed.
"You don’t see those kinds of heroics anymore," he said. Source