Young hiker hears growling from an old mine shaft—when he realizes what it is, he comes back with rope and friends

October 24, 2017 4:36 pm Last Updated: October 24, 2017 4:36 pm

Preston Gladd was on a hike in the Beaver Creek area of Fairplay, Colorado, when he heard a strange growling coming from inside a cave that led to an old mine. He assumed it was a wild animal and did not think it wise to investigate.

When he was hiking through again a week later, Gladd heard a different sound: the type of barking that could only come from a canine companion.

The dog had fallen into the mine shaft.

(Facebook/Portia Scovern/Screenshot)

Knowing that he had to do something, Gladd called his friends for help. His girlfriend, Portia Scovern and his roommate, Gannon Ingels, showed up with climbing gear in tow.

Using ropes, they lowered Gladd into the 20-foot-deep mine shaft to rescue the poor defenseless dog. When the dog was brought up, they discovered it was underweight and dehydrated, so they gave it food and water.

Scovern made sure to record a video of the whole rescue.

They then took the dog over to Gladd’s place, cleaned her up, and posted Scovern’s video to Facebook.

They were desperate to find the dog’s family.


“We rescued a doggy from an abandoned mine shaft outside Fairplay/Southpark, Colorado,” Scovern wrote. “She is not reported missing at any vet or police station and she is not microchipped. She is underweight and dehydrated, but we are shocked that she has no injuries after a 20ft fall.”

Gladd also posted pictures and videos to multiple lost and found pages but it turned out there was no need. The owners found their dog—named Cheyenne—through Facebook in no time!

Scovern updated her original post saying, “Facebook helped find the owner before the sun came up!”

Cheyenne was soon reunited with her family and she has been doing swimmingly since.

You never know what you’re going to find in the mountains and  you might run into trouble. Still, if you’re traveling through Beaver Creek, know that there are people nearby who are always willing to lend a helping hand.