Good Samaritans rescue dog off Aliamanu hillside

Published On: Apr 22 2013 10:16:00 PM HST

Stuck on a hillside for days, a dog is now safe thanks to good Samaritans who took matters into their own hands, refusing to let the animal die.

The pooch has a new leash on life, after spending several warm days, and wet nights stuck on a ledge in the Aliamanu Military Reservation.

Many in the neighborhood say they started hearing the sound of a dog Saturday.

The hound was still howling Sunday.

Divina Rocco said, "The dog sounded like it was in distress and it was distressing us."

Enough for Divina's husband Roy and a bunch of neighborhood kids to head up the hill three separate times to pinpoint the pooch, but they weren't able to locate it and were convinced the dog needed help.

"He kept trying to think of different ways and he couldn't sleep because it felt like he really needed to rescue that dog," Rocco said.

First thing on Monday, Roy and Divina hiked up the other side of the hill and finally spotted the dog.

They called the military police, who then called animal services. But no one seemed to have the right equipment to fetch the hound.

Rocco said, "They pretty much gave up on it."

But the Roccos didn't.

Roy and some fellow soldiers from Schofield's 3rd Brigade Combat Team got their hands on some rappelling gear and brought the pooch back to safety.

"I think the dog was probably really scared and would have just stayed there and probably starved to death," Rocco said. "It breaks my heart to even imagine an animal or any creature to go through that."

The dog is now at the Hawaiian Humane Society.


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