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LASD - Crescenta Valley Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Sunday December 2nd, 2012 :: 02:05 a.m. PST

Montrose Search and Rescue, rescues dog over 150 foot cliff.

Montrose Search and Rescue, rescues dog over 150 foot cliff.

On December 1, 2012 at approximately 5:45 PM, Montrose Search and Rescue along with the assistance of Sierra Madre Search and rescue, were called to Angeles National Forest in the "Dark Canyon area" to assist with the rescue of a dog that had fallen 150 feet over a hiking trail.

The owner of the dog hiked out of the canyon when he was unable to rescue the dog on his own and drove to the Angeles National Forest Ranger station on Angeles Crest Highway to call for help.

Montrose Search and Rescue team contacted the owner who hiked back to where the dog fell with team members. Working in the rain and fog with 24 rescuers, the teams were able to repeal down 150 feet of a steep cliff to retrieve the dog who was stuck in debris. The team was able to calm the dog to rig a hoist around the dog so they could bring the 100 pound dog back up to the trail. Once the dog was on the hiking trail, they strapped the dog, who had minor injuries, into a litter and hand carried the litter to a point large enough to attached the litter's wheel. The team members with the help of Sierra Madre Search and Rescue members, used ropes to assist with the hiking out of the litter and members back up the steep hill, out of the canyon.

The dog has minor injuries from his fall and is recovering with his grateful owner.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Search & Rescue Team members are highly skilled and participate in over 450 search and rescue operations each year. They are reserve sheriff’s deputies who volunteer their time to help others for $1 a year, and who partner with sheriff’s civilian volunteers who volunteer for free. There are over 150 members of the eight Search and Rescue teams of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who were activated for over 450 search and rescue missions last year, making it one of the most active counties for search and rescue missions in the nation. Reserve deputies and civilian volunteers are supervised by full-time sheriff’s deputies. If interested in joining our team, call Sergeant Burton Brink at 818-248-3464.

Content Contact Information:
Sergeant Burton Brink
Captain Dave Silversparre
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Crescenta Valley Station
(818) 248-3464

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La Crescenta-Montrose, CA 91214

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