Colorado Hikers Rescue Dog Trapped In Deep Mine Shaft

A dog who somehow fell down an abandoned mine shaft in Fairplay, Colorado, was rescued by three hikers who risked their own lives to accomplish the rescue mission.

Hiker Preston Gladd first had an inkling that there was an animal in the shaft about one week before the actual rescue mission. According to Vail Daily, Gladd heard something that sounded like an animal, but his initial assumption was that it was a wild animal, and he decided to continue hiking.

But the sound haunted him, so on October 18, he decided to investigate, with his own dog in tow. As Gladd approached the area, he heard barking and realized that the “wild animal” he had heard was actually a dog trapped in the 25-foot mine shaft.

Gladd was determined to help the trapped dog, so he set out to get climbing gear, and additional help from his girlfriend, Portia Scovern, as well as his roommate, Gannon Ingels. The trio returned to the mine shaft and Gladd was lowered down to where the dog was located.

Amazingly, despite the considerable fall, she was unharmed, though dehydrated and thin. After the dog was pulled to safety, Scovern turned to social media in an effort to find her owner – in a Facebook post she wrote:

We rescued a doggy from an abandoned mine shaft outside Fairplay/Southpark, Colorado!! She is not reported missing at any vet or police station and she is not microchipped..She is underweight and dehydrated, but we are shocked that she has no injuries after a 20ft fall.

Shortly thereafter, she posted a wonderful update – thanks to social media, the owner of the dog, whose name is “Cheyenne,” was found.

(Video via Portia Scovern Facebook page/Image via video screenshot)

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. TERRY FURLONG says:


  2. Jenn says:

    Great job. Glad you listened to your instincts.

  3. Elaine Whinston says:

    Wonderful rescue! Lucky Doggie!

  4. Lynne says:

    God Bless Them! I know the dog and the owner will be thankful forever!

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