When one Georgia couple lost their two dogs at the beginning of December, they did everything possible to find them. However, as time passed, they feared they’d never get their ‘babies’ back.
“My husband, he got on the website and got everything activated in their chips and everything,” owner Carolyn Smith said. Unfortunately, the tracking chips were no help. The dogs had completely disappeared after Smith and her husband left their dogs, Sugar Bear and Zoe, at their son’s house and they ran away when the plumber accidentally left the door open.
Sheree Elliott, a complete stranger, heard about the missing dogs and decided to put up flyers about the dogs. “These two dogs were inside dogs that is what I was worried and concerned about the most,” Elliott said. “But you can see they’re troopers and survivors.”
Thanks to Elliot’s flyers, a few tips eventually led them to a remote property where they could hear Sugar Bear barking and finally discovered her at the bottom of a 35-foot well. “She was down in the bottom. I called my husband and told him,” Smith said. “He started crying because he didn’t think we would every get them back. I mean they’re our babies.”
While waiting for the rescue team to arrive, Zoe ran up to Smith, who realized that Zoe had stayed close the entire time after Sugar Bear fell in the well. Once the rescuers arrived, they quickly lowered Hall County Fire Lt. Nathan Crowe down and brought the dog, who had lost a third of her body weight, up. “We had recently gotten some rain so there was some water in the bottom of the well,” Cpt. Zachary Brackett said. “That probably actually contributed to the survival of the dog.”
Miraculously, Sugar Bear, a rescue dog who had been hit by a car before being adopted by the Smiths, was unharmed and has been recuperating. “Vet said nine, I said 100,” Smith said about how many lives Sugar Bear has. “She has been through more than any human I know have been through.”
Watch the entire video below to see the incredible moment a firefighter rescues a dog trapped at the bottom of a 35-foot well.
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[Featured Image: Scott Rogers/Gainesville Times]