Dog rescued from ledge 50 feet above Colorado creek had been missing for weeks
Jessie Lee, a dog who’s been missing for two weeks, was recently found stranded on a precarious perch in Colorado’s Pike’s Peak area. As her owners diligently searched for her every day, they could never have imagined that their lost pet would one day find themselves in such a spooky place.
Animal Law Enforcement (ALE, a division of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region) was first alerted to the dog’s presence by a hiker who spotted it on a ledge about 50 yards from the bluff bordering Fountain Creek .
Two officers, Johnson and Barker – how perfect is that name? – were quickly dispatched to the scene. Using binoculars, the couple located Jessie Lee’s location and launched a daring rescue.
“Our law enforcement team went there … to assess the situation [and] make sure it was even a dog that the person saw on the cliff because they were watching from a distanceâ¦ We wanted to make sure we could come back and get the tools to save the dog, âHSPPR public relations specialist and of content Cody Costra told KOAA News 5.
After determining that it was indeed an endangered dog, officers were able to borrow climbing equipment from a local resident. To implement the recovery process, Agent Barker first tied a rope to a sturdy wooden fence post at the top of the cliff, then rappelled down the ravine, also getting close to Jessie. Lee that she dared.
While it was clear from Jessie Lee’s wagging tail that the pooping puppy was certainly glad someone had finally come to pick her up, the ground crumbling under her paws as she walked over to her outstretched arms. Officer Barker, it was also evident that there was no solid basis to be had.
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Using a pole that Officer Johnson lowered for him, Officer Barker was luckily able to tie the puppy around his neck and shoulders.
“This allowed Agent Barker to slowly bring the dog closer without risking losing it in the event of a fall,” HSPPR reported. âOnce the puppy was finally in Agent Barker’s arms, Agent Johnson lowered a secondary rope that was securely attached to a makeshift harness for the dog. Agent Johnson quickly retrieved the dog and Agent Barker shortly thereafter.
With a “Wow!” of relief, the mission was declared a resounding success.
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Jessie Lee was quickly returned to HSPPR, where she was easily identified by her microchip and badge.
HSPPR immediately informed her parents of relieved and grateful pets who showed up early the next day to bring home their darling furry baby, bringing this episode back home from Animal rescue: the extreme edition to its patiently happy conclusion.
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