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Rick Haley, Gerry Keene rescue dog Abby missing for months inside Missouri caves

New York Post
New York Post
 2022-08-10

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Spelunkers in Missouri discovered a missing dog inside a cave over the weekend nearly two months after the pup disappeared, according to rescuers.

Rick Haley, one of the rescuers who located the dog while caving in Perry County, described the circumstances as “a feel-good story of survival.”

Haley, a trained cave rescuer, was inside the Tom Moore Cave system overseeing a sump pump when he was alerted to the dog, named Abby, FOX2 Kansas City reported . The cave system is about 24.5 miles long and is the second-longest in Missouri.

Haley wrote on Facebook that he and fellow caver Gerry Keene facilitated the cave rescue of Abby, who he described as “not in good shape.”

“We package the dog in a duffel bag with her head sticking out,” Haley wrote. “This was to protect her and the rescuers as she would likely struggle. We moved her 500 feet to a very tight, awkward, vertical climb, handing her hand-to-hand upward to the surface.”

Haley said Abby was cooperative during the entire rescue.

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Spelunker Rick Haley helped rescue Abby, a dog missing in Missouri’s Tom Moore Cave system for months.
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Gerry Keene also facilitated the rescue.
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Rick Haley said Abby was cooperative for the whole rescue.
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After reaching the surface, Biehle Assistant Fire Chief Robert Cahoon helped the rescuers go door-knocking in search of Abby’s owner, whom they eventually found and reunited with their four-legged friend, the report said.

Haley wrote that Abby’s owner said she went missing on June 9 and hadn’t been seen since. He said the owner was appreciative later returned to the cave site with ice cream for the rescuers.

Rescuers said it was completely dark inside the cave, and while it was unclear how Abby survived for so long, there was a presence of running water and fish and crustaceans inside the cave, the station reported.

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Rick Haley and Gerry Keene passed Abby off hand-to-hand up a narrow vertical climb.
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Abby was placed in a duffel bag with her head sticking out for her and the rescuers’ protection.
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Abby was later reunited with her family.
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