Dogs Saved from Lava in Hawaii

April Livingston | May 16th, 2018

For two little dogs who live with their owner in Hawaii, things almost had a tragic ending. Carol Hosley, who lives in Puna, Hawaii recently lost nearly everything when the Kilauea volcano erupted. Her possessions and home were destroyed, and even worse her two dogs were lost during the evacuation. The little pups, named Brus and Little Dude, were nowhere to be found. Carol woke in the middle of the night when emergency crews began to bang on her front door. She lived in the Leilani Estates apartment complex and a large area of the earth nearby had crack open and the vent began to emit sulfur dioxide gas and spew black lava. She had to evacuate immediately.

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Aloha Ilio Rescue//Facebook
Aloha Ilio Rescue//Facebook

Carol worked as quickly as possible to pack her belongings, and her little dogs were absolutely terrified. They were scared of men, and the emergency personnel frightened them based on their traumatic history before they were adopted by Carol. So, when the men were in the house it spooked Brus and he and Little Dude ran out of the open door in fear. Unfortunately, there was no time to search for the dogs because personnel was focused on evacuating people. Carol, who is in her 70’s, was physically unable to chase after the dogs.

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Aloha Ilio Rescue//Facebook
Aloha Ilio Rescue//Facebook

When Daylynn Kyles from the Aloha Ilio Rescue heard the story, she was determined to find the lost dogs. She and her rescue group took turns searching the neighborhood for the frightened dogs. They even left food and traps in the hopes of attracting them to safety. The group headed back to the area not long after and managed to actually find the dogs, hiding between a lava flow and a fence. Rescuers had to use machetes to break through the thick vegetation to get to the dogs, who were covered in red ants and red ant bites. The dogs are now fully recovered and back with their mom in safety!

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Aloha Ilio Rescue//Facebook
Aloha Ilio Rescue//Facebook
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