El Paso County staffers push down the cliff to rescue the dog

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – El Paso County animal law enforcement officers risked their lives to save a dog from a cliff near Fountain Creek.

Officials say a business owner with a keen eye told officers he noticed something odd about the scene.

“(He) saw a black dot he had never seen before on the cliff,” officer Elizabeth Barker said.

Using binoculars, Barker said she was able to confirm the black dot was in fact a dog.

“We don’t have any ropes or anything on our truck,” Barker said.

She and her partner find a stable nearby and request the rope to continue their quest to save the dog.

“We are all trained to think clearly,” says Barker.

Using their training method, Barker said they anchored the rope to a nearby tree and a fence, then she used the rope to push the dog down a 50-foot cliff.

“When she saw us, she was happy to meet someone, you could tell,” Barker said. “She was very wiggly, she was trying to crawl towards us.”

The ground was sandy and loose, making it difficult for her to stand, Barker said. She still intends to come with the dog.

“Outside, try not to panic, try to get to her as quickly as you can,” says Barker.

Barker says the thought of injuring herself by saving a dog is the last thing on her mind.

“Everything’s going to be absolutely fine, I’m going to get the dog and we’re out of there, we’re both fine and I keep telling myself that,” Barker said.

Barker said her teammates brought down a pole for her, and she wrapped it around the dog’s neck and shoulders to lift it to safety.

After she was rescued, the police learned the dog’s name was Jessie Lee.

“It was really a great ending, a perfect ending to this story,” Barker said.

Jessie Lee was returned to her owner thanks to a necklace that identified her, according to Barker. She said the dog was also chipped and helped her get home after going missing for two weeks.

https://kdvr.com/news/local/officers-in-el-paso-county-repel-down-cliff-to-rescue-dog/ El Paso County staffers push down the cliff to rescue the dog

Emma Bowman

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