Mabel the St. Bernard dog is fortunate to be alive after falling 30 feet down a dry well in Perryman, Maryland.
The Harford County Technical Rescue Team had to be called to the home of Leslie Ruhno, Mabel’s owner, on Sunday afternoon. Ruhno had no idea how her seven-year-old pet managed to get into the well or how she survived the fall.
Ruhno noticed that Mabel was missing around 3.30 pm on Sunday when she went to refill a pool for her. The dog had been running around all morning in the oppressive heat.
Mabel (pictured), a St. Bernard, found herself in quite the predicament after falling 30 feet down a dry well in Maryland.
Here is a news report of Mabel’s rescue:
Rescue teams responded to the scene after Mabel’s (pictured) owner Leslie Ruhno (pictured, top) called for help. Firefighter Daniel Lemmon (pictured, center) rappelled into the well to put a harness on Mabel so she could be pulled to safety.
To get into the well, Mabel would have had to push a heavy wooden lid out of the way and jump in.
When she finally checked the well, Ruhno asked a neighbor for help, fearing that Mabel hadn’t survived the fall to the bottom. She told the Baltimore Sun:
I was sure she was dead; I was scared to look down there.
When the neighbor came and looked down the well, he saw Mabel looking back up at him, seemingly uninjured.
It was at this point that Ruhno called the fire rescue, not knowing how long her dog had been in the well, and a unit was dispatched to help the dog get out of the predicament.
According to Daniel Lemmon, a firefighter with the Harford County Technical Rescue Team who took part in the rescue, it was a full-team effort to get the large dog to safety.
Lemmon rappelled down the well to put a harness on the dog, which was attached to a pulley system and used to lift Mabel out and pull her to safety.
Before going down into the well, a hazmat team checked the air quality of the well, while a member of the Harford County Sheriff’s Department supplied Lemmon with dog treats to make sure the dog cooperated with the rescue effort.
It took a “full-team effort” and a pulley system to free Mabel, but once she was out she was so excited she began running in circles and jumping up and down. Mabel was uninjured in the fall.
Ruhno said she was hugely grateful to the rescuers who helped save Mabel.
Once freed, the excited dog started jumping around and running in circles.
Yet, no one has any idea how Mabel got into the well in the first place and how she survived the fall unscathed.
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