UPDATE: Man shares story of losing dog in well

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Published: Jan. 30, 2022 at 11:22 PM EST
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WHIPPLE, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 1/31/2022 9:00 P.M.

Zach Ash and Larry Hockenberry were hunting when two of Ash’s dogs fell into a well. Ash says the dogs names were Bella and Nova.

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Bella survived and she is doing well, he says. Nova however did not make it. She was a two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound.

Zach says this taught him an important lesson to check out the property where he is hunting beforehand.

“She had a short life and I didn’t want it to be like that. It wasn’t just a hunting dog. It was a family dog. We just don’t look at our dogs like “Oh she was just a hunting dog” and we go buy another one,” said Ash.

Zach and Larry say there were more dogs with them when they were hunting, but they were able to get them in the truck.


The Fearing Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to an emergency Sunday night involving two dogs.

It happened on Nichols Road.

Captain Roger Pritchett of the Fearing Township VFD says a man was hunting when his two dogs came across an open well on abandoned property and fell in.

He says the well is 20-30 feet deep.

By 8:49, Pritchett says 10 units were on the scene.

He says three units from Marietta Fire Department Station One also responded to the call.

Pritchett says that both dogs were retrieved from the well in under 30 minutes.

One dog did not survive and the other’s condition is unknown at this time.

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