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Dog finds missing woman after three days

Date Posted: 2002-08-23

An elderly woman suffering of senile dementia was rescued after spending three days in a roadside sinkhole in Itoman City, Saturday. A passer-by’s dog discovered the woman.

According to Itoman Police, the 75-year-old woman had left her home for a walk Wednesday. When she failed to return her family called the police. The police mobilized as many as 200 policemen and volunteers to look for her, including police dogs, but the search failed.

On Saturday, Kazushige Uehara, a resident of Itoman City, was taking a morning walk with his dog Sakura, when the dog suddenly stopped and started to bark. First Uehara did not see anything unusual and tried to pull his dog away, but the dog did not budge. “I could not understand why the dog refused to move, but then I heard this faint voice to cry for help and went to investigate closer,” Uehara said. He then discovered a sinkhole under some bushes by the roadside and spotted the woman in the hole. Uehara used his cellular phone to call 911 for rescue crew that pulled the woman out of the hole and took her to a hospital.

Despite her three-day ordeal the woman is in a good condition suffering only of slight dehydration. She has no injuries. She also had strength to say “Thank you so much” to the dog after she was pulled out of the hole.

Police and other rescuers who had been in the same are before speculated that their dogs failed to pick up the scent of the woman as there had been heave showers in the area at the time.

As for Uehara, he is seemingly proud of his Sakura. “There were other people with dogs walking on the same road ahead of me, but they did not notice anything. It was my Sakura who found the lady, I’m so proud of her,” Uehara said.

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