A dog that had been missing for two weeks was returned to its owners after rescuers stuck it on a cliff about 50 meters high.
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, an animal shelter in southern Colorado, reported the rescue on Monday of that week, December 13th.
A team from the shelter found the dog after a phone call. When they got to the place, they found the dog on a small ledge overlooking Fountain Creek in Colorado.
Thanks to a local resident, they were able to borrow a harness and rope, and Officer Barker climbed down onto the ledge from above.
“When the dog saw Officer Barker, she immediately started wagging her tail and crawling on her, but the floor slipped out from under the dog,” the shelter wrote in a Facebook post.
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Since the dog was too far to reach, his associate Officer Johnson lowered an interception rod, which Barker then attached to the dog’s neck and shoulder.
Together, the team members were able to lift the dog off the ledge by building a makeshift harness from a second rope.
The staff were soon able to identify the dog, named Jessie Lee, with a name tag and a microchip, and contacted its owners. It turned out that the pet had been missing for two weeks, but their owners hadn’t been able to find them.
“Our Lost & Found team called them and before we could deliver the good news, Jessie Lee’s owner asked if we had found her beloved pup,” the shelter wrote.
It’s not the first time a dog needs rescuing from a great height. Last month, climbers in Mexico rescued a dog from the highest mountain in Mexico – the Pico de Orizaba, also known as Citlaltépetl.
Their attempt to find the animal followed reports from other climbers that the dog was stuck up there but couldn’t help them due to the difficult terrain.
A team was able to get to the dog, which allegedly had used almost a whole bottle of water when they offered it. According to Layo Aguilar, who participated in the rescue and detailed it on a Facebook post, it looked malnourished and red-eyed from exposure to the bright sunlight.
The dog was safely moved off the mountain and into the care of a climber to nurse him back to health before being put up for adoption.
A dog was also rescued after it was found swimming in the ocean earlier this year.
A photo of Jessie Lee, the dog rescued from a rocky outcrop in Colorado by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Animal Shelter. The dog was returned to its owners.
Humane society in the Pikes Peak region