Rescuers rappel down to the stuck dog.

Diego Topete

Rescuers rappel down to the stuck dog.

Dog, Owner Rescued from Douglas Family Preserve Cliffs

City Firefighters Carried Pair to Safety Via Rope System

A 60-pound Golden Retriever and his owner were rescued Monday afternoon from the bluffs at the Douglas Family Preserve after becoming stranded during a walk. The owner, described as a man in his twenties, had been walking his Golden Retriever along the off-leash area above Hendry’s Beach when the dog went over the cliff’s edge. Upon following, the man became stuck “60 feet” beneath the bluff’s edge, according to a City Fire press release.

Two fire engines, one truck, and a Battalion Chief responded at about 12:30 p.m. Monday. After 45 minutes, the dog and his owner were carried to the top of the bluffs via a rope system. No one was injured.

According to Battalion Chief Michael de Ponce, “Yesterday was our third [dog] rescue in the past two weeks.” City fire typically makes 10-12 such rescues each year at the Douglas Family Preserve. Most are “‘seasonal responses’ pending nice weather and heavy use of the open space,” he added.

By Courtesy Photo

The Golden Retriever gets some water after its rescue.

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