Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

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Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff
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Source: Santa Barbara City Fire Department

At approximately 11:30 am, Santa Barbara City Fire responded to the Douglas Preserve to rescue a dog that fell off the cliff and was stranded on a ledge 125 feet down.  Fire crews set up a rope system and sent a firefighter with a harness down the cliff to rescue the stranded dog.  Both the firefighter and dog were lowered to the beach below.  The owner was reunited with the dog who did not appear to have any injuries. 

Santa Barbara City Fire would like to remind everyone to use caution when walking your dog in the Douglas Preserve and use a leash when walking on the trail next to the edge of the cliff. 

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Flicka Nov 29, 2018 09:19 AM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

I have, in the past, seen firefighters training on our bluffs in Carpinteria, no rescues going on, just training. Why wouldn't rescuing a dog be training?

Luvaduck Nov 27, 2018 02:17 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

If dogs aren't run on school playgrounds where they can transmit diseases that cause fetus damage in pregnant women, leave poop to smear soccer players, jump or bite people, it's hard to be upset. Nature gives no allowance for irresponsible, stupid or unlucky. That's why coyotes are smart and many breeds of dog are dumb even if they do look at you with adoration.

a-1544479916 Nov 27, 2018 10:18 AM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

Dog owners should be billed for such services. For sure, had my child fallen down the cliff with this rescue there would be a bill sent to me or my insurance company. The idea that the fire department needs the training is beyond absurd.

a-1544479916 Nov 27, 2018 11:24 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

Training is not absurd, they do it regularly, so a call that is not life-threatening is good practice. Who would bill you if your or any child needed rescue?!! I mean the rescuers, not medical providers. We already pay for fire and police through our taxes. That's how it works.

a-1544479916 Nov 27, 2018 01:44 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

the fire department does not charge for transportation to the ER since it is not the fire department that does the transportation

a-1544479916 Nov 27, 2018 01:28 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

The Fire Dept bills for emergency in many cases. They charge for transportation to ER after traffic accidents for example. Where do they draw the line?

Z Nov 27, 2018 12:21 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

They rescue kids for free, just like other creatures. The fire department is staffed 24/7 and incurs little or no extra cost servicing the unlucky or foolish at the park. The notion that they should charge for services implies they shouldn't be paid if they're hangin at the station.

ZeroHawk Nov 27, 2018 08:59 AM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

its not a dog park, no matter how much you want to convince yourself it is. dogs are to be leashed and i've seen AC there recently siting people. not everyone likes your pet jumping on them, pissing on flowers and taking dumps on trails....yes i own two dogs, but refuse to act like some of the other pet owners....

horsegirl Nov 27, 2018 11:44 AM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

In fact, it would appear that the off leash “parts” encompass the vast majority of the preserve. There have been many conversations held about safety of these dogs and potentially putting in a fence, but those have been shot down in the past. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t I guess

a-1544479916 Nov 27, 2018 09:49 AM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

mm, no. dogs are allowed to be off leash in areas of douglas preserve. https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/parks/features/passiveopenspaces/douglasfam.asp

a-1544479916 Nov 26, 2018 09:44 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

With the amount of dogwalking going on at The Wilcox, these incidents are extremely few and far between. It is absolutely wonderful that there's such a lovely place to walk your dog off-leash---legally. Not everyone wants to go to the beach. Sand, tar. City Animal Control has been stepping up enforcement and I was told (by an AC officer) that the fine is $180 for having one's dog off-leash illegally. I know the fine is a heck of a lot more $$$ than that if your dog is unlicensed and not altered. Hooray for The Wilcox. A million billion thanks to all those who worked tirelessly to obtain such a terrific open space and the same thanks to those worked so hard to keep it off-leash.

pstarSR Nov 27, 2018 07:09 AM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

sand, tar...... nature!!!!! gross. thanks to the fire department for rescuing the dogs that do quite often fall here

CoastWatch Nov 26, 2018 07:38 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

More importantly, put your cell phones down when driving! Human lives are at stake, but do people care? Not so much... Do people care about picking up THEIR dogs poop...? Not so much... Do they have a clue about their spassie dog walking off leash right next to a cliff...Nope, they are talking on their phones!

PitMix Nov 27, 2018 08:12 AM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

This is the 1st one posted on Edhat in 2018. There was one at More Mesa in 2017. Another one at Douglas in 2016. Not a big problem according to Google.

420722 Nov 26, 2018 07:16 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

Just take them to Hendrys beach instead which is right below the preserve. No need to put your dog in danger when it can easily be avoided or as Sundance says keep them on a leash which im pretty sure that preserve is not off leash until you get to designated areas. At least the city’s website say so AND the sign at entrance but, who follows rules these days?

Flicka Nov 26, 2018 04:34 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

I've never been to the Douglas Preserve but here in Carp we have bluffs, they must not be as steep or dangerous as at the Preserve. One day my husband and I were sitting on the edge and our Lab had her ball, wanting a throw. When we wouldn't do it she dropped it down the bluff, scrambled down to retrieve it and came back up. she did that several times.

PitMix Nov 26, 2018 03:28 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

There hasn't been a rescue in quite a while. The fire department needs to train, I've never heard that they miss another call while rescuing the dog, and they don't want to bill because that will discourage people from calling when they need help- for all these reasons I say continue with the rescues. But Douglas is not a place for a really excited dog or one that will chase a ball over the cliff. There are better places for them like the beach.

a-1544479916 Nov 26, 2018 02:39 PM
Dog Rescued from Douglas Preserve Cliff

Rescues of dogs, by our Fire Department, seem to be a regular thing at the Douglas Preserve. Are dog owners billed? It seems like a good time to do that, perhaps a deterrent, and to protect the dogs. Owners are not protecting their dogs adequately. Are dogs getting injured? Sad.

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