Peanut the dog pulled safe from cave, gone 4 days

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A little dog named Peanut is safe with his family after the Kingsport Live Saving Crew rescued him from a small cave.

Tony Marshall's family saw their pug-Chihuahua mix pet disappear while chasing an animal into the cave Saturday evening. For four days, the family maintained a vigil, calling to the dog, which would bark when he heard his name. But Peanut couldn't find his way out.

The Kingsport Times-News ) reported that on Wednesday afternoon, paramedic Curtin Winninger wormed his way through spaces so tight that he could only use his toes to propel himself forward. Crew member Andrea Jones played out 120 feet of rope attached to Winninger before he found Peanut after about 20 minutes, atop a rock shelf and afraid to move.

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