Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs
Source: Santa Barbara City Fire Department
Santa Barbara City Firefighters were dispatched to the Douglas Family Preserve on Santa Barbara’s Mesa for a reported dog over the side. The response included two engines one truck company, and a Battalion Chief. Firefighters contacted the owner who directed the rescuers to the dog’s last known location. The dog had been walking off leash.
Firefighters set up a rope rescue system and lowered one firefighter equipped with a special dog harness down to the dog. The dog was approximately 30 feet below and the angle was steep. Firefighters were also positioned on the beach to coordinate the rescue and direct the rescuer to the dog.
The dog was recovered and reunited with the owner within 15 minutes.
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department would like to recognize the great restraint by the citizen in not attempting to rescue the dog. The owner called 911 and firefighters were able to safely perform the rescue. Cliffs are dangerous and you should try to keep your pets and yourself away from the edge.