Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

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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.

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FondofSB Aug 05, 2020 05:57 PM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

"Cliffs are dangerous and you should try to keep your pets and yourself away from the edge.".
And you should foot the bill when you do not and have the F.D. expand expensive resources to rescue the pet you did not keep control of.

a-1596676976 Aug 05, 2020 06:22 PM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

FONDOFSB - why should anyone have to pay the FD for their services? That is their JOB. They rescue people and yes, animals, sometimes. It is literally part of their trained profession. These comments saying people should have to pay the fire dept or other rescue services are absurd.

MR2 Aug 05, 2020 08:04 PM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

I'm not sure people should have to pay for it, but 6976 that's a pretty weak argument. Why should people pay someone to do their job? Your doctor's trained profession is doctoring, but he still charges you for visits. That's the point.

If you start a brush fire they will fine you for it, even if it's an accident.

These incidents provide training opportunities, and are better than having to rescue a person and a dog because someone couldn't/wouldn't pay and tried to do it themselves. Sure, they should have been more careful to begin with, but welcome to Earth.

a-1596787321 Aug 07, 2020 01:02 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

8:04 p.m. Poor comparison. The firefighters would be sitting at their fire station, being paid if they weren’t rescuing the dog. The doctor, on the other hand, would have their day overbooked in ten minute appointments.

sacjon Aug 07, 2020 11:58 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

MR2 - comparing doctors and fire fighters doesn't work. Fire fighters are not paid per rescue, they're paid a flat salary and continue to train even when not on a call. Doctors are not practicing prostate exams in between appointments, I hope at least.

forrealnews Aug 05, 2020 07:07 PM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

I love Douglas Preserve and take my dog there all the time. Such an awesome social place for the dogs but have I been seeing this correctly??...I feel like I've seen stories of more dogs going off that cliff in the last several weeks than ever before. Are the dogs going just as crazy with Covid? Seems like it might be time to put a fence there unfortunately.

oceandrew Aug 05, 2020 07:23 PM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

It's ludicrous to suggest that dogs, and people, fall off the edge of a cliff if not restrained from doing so. I would bet dogs go over the edge chasing something thrown to them or for them by their hooman.

a-1596687077 Aug 05, 2020 09:11 PM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

It's an extended dog park but I don't take my dog there off leash, at least, because he would chase a squirrel and _easily_ go over the side. Thanks to the FD for the rescues, but there have been dogs that have not been rescued, that have died. I don't see why there can't be a low 2 or 3' fence that would stop a running dog.

SBSBSBSBSBsb Aug 05, 2020 09:10 PM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

FONDOFSB there is no was the FD should be charging. What does this actually cost the fire department? All the equipment is reusable and they are always manning the stations. It doesn't cost tax payers anything more

a-1596721547 Aug 06, 2020 06:45 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

Why no fence? Because whenever it was suggested people protested vociferously that it should be kept natural, and that meant that it was natural for some dogs to fall to their deaths! It doesn't have to be like the chain link fence at Shoreline Park, but there needs to be a barrier along the open sections of the cliff.

Ahchooo Aug 06, 2020 10:08 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

No. No fence. The land ends and the sea begins and you can just learn to stay back from the edge and keep your dog with you. Dogs aren’t allowed to be there on their own, right? So the owners can just tend to their dogs to keep them away from the edge. It is a preserve and should be kept natural.

a-1596722775 Aug 06, 2020 07:06 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

We come into the park, turn right, go along the bougies and into the eucalyptus area, and stay straight and to the right, go to the point and turn right around and go back, instead of going out at all on the path along the ocean. We leash up after our dog has used the water area, or if he hasn't had enough exercise we take him back through the eucalyptus area perpendicular to the cliff. Or from the water area we walk him on a leash back to the entrance. Completely avoid that part. People walking along the cliff means that dogs will run out to be with them or investigate them. Natural curiosity.

a-1596723078 Aug 06, 2020 07:11 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

OH. MY. GOD.
Build a fence? Have you ever heard of a flippin' leash?!?! They are literally made for the purpose of protecting your dog. Or take your dog down on the beach where it can't fall off the cliff. Or just whine and complain and expect the world to keep revolving around you.

Justcruzin Aug 06, 2020 07:19 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

Maybe the stretch along the cliff there should be part of the “on leash part”. A lot of people walk along that part too and it might just be a safety idea for along the cliff area. Loved it up there for decades and want everyone to just keep safely and peacefully enjoying it.

PitMix Aug 06, 2020 08:06 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

Of all the dogs that go there, very few end up on the cliffs. Unless the fire department thinks they can't respond to these calls because they have fires to fight, then it seems like it is working okay. Maybe some dog owners can buy some rope and start rescuing the dogs themselves if the fire dept no longer can do this.

Crystalandmaui Aug 06, 2020 11:28 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

Nice place to walk, great views, whenever I have gone there with my dog, I believe I was the only one with my dog on a leash, yes most likely my dog would chase a squirrel or a rabbit down the cliff , that I know, she is a dog. Also for her safety from the other dogs off a leash, I’ve had to pick her up in fear of another dog off leash and in fear for myself. The owners of the off leash dogs always say my dog is friendly but you never know what might spike the dog to get aggressive, so please keep your dog safe on a leash for them not to go off the cliff, or become in a dog fight .
Always simple safety measures, but as You see , if it’s simple it’s gets by passed, just like something else.... we know of!

PitMix Aug 06, 2020 11:53 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

Or you can teach your off leash dog so that you have 100% voice control of her. Bad Rap says that unless you can call your dog out of intense play then you shouldn't have them off leash anyway. If your onleash dog has leash aggression, then having them in an off leash area won't work very well.

a-1596783111 Aug 06, 2020 11:51 PM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

If you, or any dog owner, is not comfortable there, simply go anywhere else. There are few off-leash areas, leave them in peace to those who appreciate them. Please. Thank you.

3P14159 Aug 07, 2020 04:21 AM
Firefighters Rescue Dog from Douglas Preserve Cliffs

because i am one of those 2-legged creatures who prefers the company of my dog to just about any human being, i am distressed to read about so many dogs being allowed to put themselves in danger. one must always try to imagine what a dog sees - not what we see - i.e., they "see" with their nose, if more dogs, on average, pee near the edge of the cliff, then more dogs will pee at that same location and the problem will compound. i have a feeling that, were pee a sort of "dog post office drop", then the "post office drop" on the douglas preserve is near the edge of the cliff. remember, scent is visible around borders too, i.e. the "out of view" edge of the cliff. our dogs make us human -- they are invanlauble.

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