One dog in distress had an extremely lucky break after a man with “eagle eyes” spotted her and promptly called the authorities.
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region shared on their Facebook page that it had been a “relatively routine Wednesday afternoon when our Animal Law Enforcement (ALE) team received a call about a dog stuck on a cliff overlooking Fountain Creek.”
It was a relatively routine Wednesday afternoon when our Animal Law Enforcement (ALE) team received a call about a dog…
The call came in from a man who had been taking a coffee break outside his motorcycle shop when something caught his eye. He looked out towards the cliffside and immediately noticed a small little dog. He knew it was a dog almost instantly, so he reached out to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. After placing the call, two officers showed up at the scene.
The HSPPR further wrote, “Officers Barker and Johnson arrived and were able to see a dog through their binoculars. The dog was stuck on a small ledge about 50 yards above the creek.”
Officer Kailie Barker said to The Dodo that the man’s vision was excellent as Officer Barker herself couldn’t see the dog without using binoculars. But she also added that the man said he “knew the ‘dot’ was an animal because he’s never seen that dot there before.”
So, it was probably not just good eyesight but also good intuition as well. Knowing that a rescue was to go ahead, the officer prepared. Still, it took them about two and a half hours to pinpoint the dog’s precise location on the cliff.
The HSPPR explained, “The officers were able to locate an area right above where the dog was stuck, and a man living nearby supplied the officers with a mountaineering harness and rappelling rope. Officer Barker anchored herself to a sturdy wooden fencepost and began rappelling down to the dog. Once the dog saw Officer Barker, she immediately started to wag her tail and crawl towards her, but the ground was slipping out from underneath the dog.”
It was looking quite precarious a situation, and with the dog a little too far away to reach, Officer Johnson then had to lower a catch pole, which Officer Barker was, fortunately, able to slip around the dog’s neck and shoulder so they could secure her.
As the HSPPR stated, “This allowed Officer Barker to slowly pull the dog closer without the risking of losing her if she fell.”
Luckily, the rescue was a success and the HSPPR added, “Once the pup was finally in the arms of Officer Barker, Officer Johnson lowered a secondary rope which was securely tied into a makeshift harness for the dog. Officer Johnson quickly pulled up the dog and Officer Barker shortly after. Once both Officer Barker and the dog were off the cliff, they found out the dog’s name was ‘Jessie Lee’ from her microchip and name tag.”
After rescuing Jessie Lee, they took her back to the shelter in order to get in contact with her family. The family were overjoyed by the news given that Jessie Lee had been missing for for two whole weeks. Her family hadn’t given up hope during that time and had been searching for her tirelessly every day.
“When we told them she was ready to come home, they were there first thing the next morning to pick up their Jessie Lee,” HSPPR shared.
Without that man’s good eyesight things might have turned out differently for Jessie Lee. But thankfully, she’s back home with the people who love her.Whizzco