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Dog saves trapped hiker

The rescued man had fallen through a small hole, where he'd been stuck for several days.

By Vetstreet Mar 26, 2013 2:26PM

When Ramon Llamas was out hiking in Riverside, Calif., on Monday, his dog, Mole, stopped in his tracks on one of their usual trails.

Photo: Mole, a 1-year-old dog, is being credited with saving the life of a trapped man / My Fox LA

"He kept on tugging at my pants and whining, pulling me," Llamas said. The dog led him to a hole the size of a plate, where Llamas saw "big eyes" and thought Mole had found a trapped animal. But he and nearby hikers quickly realized it was a man, who was quietly begging for water.

They called 911, and while they waited for help, the man told them he'd fallen through the hole when he was looking for shade, and had been trapped for days. "He'd be dead if it wasn't for that dog," said one of the rescuers, of the 1-year-old mixed breed.

"It hasn't really hit me yet, although he is a tough, good dog," Llamas said.

The 44-year-old man whom Mole found is expected to make a full recovery.

— Watch it at My Fox LA.

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Photo: Mole, a 1-year-old dog, is credited with saving the life of a trapped man / My Fox LA


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