Dog rescued after fall into crack at Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii

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HONOLULU  — A Big Island family was reunited with their dog after a rescue team removed the Labrador retriever trapped in a crack in the earth at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Volcano resident Marta Caproni and her boyfriend were walking the 4-year-old chocolate Lab, Romeo, and his littermate, Tommy, at the park when Romeo ran off and disappeared.

Caproni says they tracked Romeo’s faint whining and discovered that it was coming from deep inside a crack.

A rescue team was able to remove Romeo, who didn’t appear to be hurt.

The Capronis have lived across from the entrance to the park for 15 years. Marta Caproni says the dogs are obedient, so she would let them run off-leash — something she doesn’t plan to do again.