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Deaf puppy rescued from hole in south Huntsville yard

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Just before 12:30am Saturday rescue crews were able to pull a 7-week-old puppy named Toffee from a hole in a yard on Lenlock Drive.  The deaf puppy had been in the hole since 5 pm Thursday.   The puppy's story captivated people around the country and the world.

"I still can't believe she's really out and she's right here and I'm holding her," said Toffee's foster owner Karen Smith as she held close to the puppy.

"This is a miracle," Smith added. "There's no feeling like it.  I still can't believe it."

Toffee was trapped in the hole for over 30 hours. Rescue crews tried using tarps, ropes, food, and nets to try and lure toffee out. Around 12:30 Saturday morning volunteers from the fire department saw Toffee's the story on WHNT News 19 and then helped pull the puppy out with a snare.

"To every person that came, I mean every person that brought water, that brought the food, that brought generators, and lights. I mean there have been, it's been an amazing outpouring of just kindness and sweetness," Smith said.

The rescue happened in part thanks to volunteers from the Paint Rock Fire Department.  Chief Finis Johnson saw the story on WHNT News 19 and called the newsroom to ask how they could help.  The team used a snare to get out the puppy.

"I'm an animal lover.  It's good to know we can come out to help folks," said Johnson.