An Australian Dog Jessie Lee had been missing from her home in Colorado Springs for almost two weeks.
Fortunately, Jessie Lee has been discovered only two blocks from her home.
However, she was found stranded 150 feet above Fountain Creek on a ledge. That’s not ideal!
On December 1, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region sent animal law enforcement officers to the location.
They were able to rescue Australian Dog Jessie Lee with the help of some borrowed mountaineering equipment. Cody Costra, a representative for the humane society said, “We didn’t know how long she would stay up there on her own.”
According to the humane society’s Facebook page, “Officers Elizabeth Barker and Evan Johnson arrived at the creek when a local business owner saw an animal on the bluff.”
Instead, the officers were able to glimpse Jessie Lee using binoculars.
Barker fastened the rope to a fence post and dropped herself to the dog after a man living nearby offered up his rappelling rope and mountaineering harness.
As the ground under her moved, an enthusiastic Jessie Lee began to crawl. Barker approached the pup once she was level with her.
Barker was able to use a catchpole provided by Johnson to ensure that she would not lose Jessie Lee if the earth underneath her collapsed.
The officers used extra rope to build a harness for the dog. Then Johnson dragged them both up to safety—a successful, quick-thinking rescue.
“They grasped the gravity of the situation,” adds Costra.
According to Costra, “When our Animal Law Enforcement (ALE) team received a call concerning a dog. It was a typical Wednesday afternoon. However, because Jessie Lee was microchipped and wore an ID tag, the humane organization could locate her owners quickly. As they had spent the previous two weeks hunting for their beloved dog. So they were “extremely delighted” to see her again.”
If we still need to urge you to microchip your dog, let this be a lesson!
Thanks to Daily Paws for this amazing story and pictures.
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