- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

BAKERTON, W.Va. (AP) - A dog trapped in a water-filled West Virginia cave for nearly two weeks was thin and dehydrated but energetic when rescuers found her.

Baker, a 1-year-old pit-bull mix, was retrieved from the cave at an abandoned quarry on Monday after a Bakerton resident reported hearing its barks for more than 10 days, media outlets said.

Jefferson County animal control supervisor Denise Lambiotte responded to the call, as well as volunteer firefighters and a swift-water rescue team.

“She was skinny and dehydrated, but not all bones, and she definitely scarfed down the food we gave her. She’s a very sweet, friendly dog with a high energy level. We found a few cuts and scratches, but she’s in pretty good shape for being missing that long,” Lambiotte told The Journal (http://bit.ly/1CHIlDG).

Baker might have fallen into a sinkhole above the quarry. Rescuers found Baker at the bottom of a pile of trash and fill that had been tossed into the hole over the years, Bakerton Fire Department Chief Josh Smith told The Herald-Mail (http://bit.ly/1Lgk6Ot ) of Hagerstown, Maryland.

Smith estimated that the pile was about 80 feet high.

Brandon Hall, a member of the swift-water rescue team, said the dog was growling and showing her teeth when he reached her.

“She calmed down when we gave her a can of dog food. We were best friends after that,” Hall told the Herald-Mail. “I called her, and she came up and put her head on my shoulder. Then, we just carried her down.”

The dog’s owner had a microchip that enabled animal control officers to track down her owner. Lambiotte said animal control officers have tried unsuccessfully to contact the owner.

She said her office hopes the owner will allow it to put Baker up for adoption.

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Information from: The Journal, http://journal-news.net/

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