Aussie Moves Heaven, Earth to Save Trapped Dog
Pet survives week trapped underground
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2011 1:00 AM CDT
"Jack Russells are tough little dogs," said a vet who treated Jessie.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – An Australian man has been reunited with his beloved Jack Russell terrier after a rescue operation that took a week and cost thousands of dollars. Steve Porter's dog, Jessie, became wedged under some huge boulders after running after a feral cat when the pair were rabbit hunting. Porter and his friends tried to free the dog using crowbars and jackhammers before hiring a massive hydraulic ram from Melbourne, 65 miles away, reports Australia's News Network.

The increasingly distressed dog was fed bits of liver lowered down by wire during her ordeal as the men worked, sometimes until 2am, to free the dog from beneath 50 tons of rock. Jessie was eventually pulled free and was released from a veterinary center the next day in surprisingly good condition. "We felt we owed it to her," Porter says. "The easiest thing to say was the dog would die or we could say let's give her a good hard go. And we did. We rallied together and we said 'We can do this.' Where there's hope there is life."