Volcanic Eruption Spooks 2 Dogs From Their Home, Found 10 Days Later Stuck In Lava
70-year-old Carol Hosley from Puna, Hawaii, was asleep in the safety of her bed when she received a startling knock on her door at 2 a.m. The nearby Kilauea volcano erupted causing the ground near Carol’s apartment building to crack open.
Hot lava, containing sulfur dioxide gas, threatened everyone nearby. They needed to be evacuated immediately. Carol packed up as fast as she could but as she was diligently getting ready to leave, firemen burst through her door. Carol’s two dogs Brus and Little Dude got spooked and took off running.
When Carol adopted Brus from Aloha Ilio Rescue, she was made aware of his fear of men. The act of the men bursting through the door set Brus over the edge. Carol begged the firemen to help look for the dogs or allow her to stay behind but that wasn’t an option. Carol had to leave immediately.
Daylynn Kyles, president of Aloha Ilio Rescue, heard about Carol’s ordeal. Since they knew both dogs well and understood Carol’s heartache, they offered to help search for Brus and Little Dude. As soon as the lava cooled, volunteers searched for the two dogs.
“We left a crate and food for him. There are fresh footprints, his size, on Luana Street in the mud,” Aloha Ilio Rescue wrote on Facebook Friday, May 11. “If you see him PM us. Women only. He is terrified of life as it is … men send him over the top.”
A week later, after searching non-stop, volunteers feared the dogs would never be found. “We’ve been looking for him for 10 days, and we’ve just kept going back,” Kyles told Hawaii News Now.
On the tenth day, Kyles went to a neighborhood that was encased in cooled lava. There, trapped in between an enormous cooled flow were the two dogs behind a fence.
“They were stuck behind a fence, and couldn’t get out because of the lava that surrounded them. It was crazy,” Kyles told Hawaii News Now. “We just knew [they were] probably just terrified.”
The volunteers used a machete to clear a path. When they got to the dogs they could see they were completely terrified. Both dogs were also covered in red ant bites.
A rescue volunteer crawled into a hole nearby. The dogs could hear the women nearby and began to bark incessantly. A volunteer climbed the fence that surrounded the lava and the two dogs. She got to Brus and Little Dude and handed the dogs off to the others. The dogs were safe!
Considering all they had been through, the dogs were okay! Ten days felt like a lifetime but now they were safe and going back to be with their mom.
“I’m just thrilled to death, I just couldn’t be happier,” Carol told Hawaii News Now. “The other stuff is stuff, but I got the dogs.”
Brus and Little Dude will stay with Aloha Ilio Rescue while Carol looks for a new place to live. While the whole ordeal is heartbreaking, and Carol lost all her belongings as well as her home, she’s incredibly grateful that her dogs are safe and sound.