A dramatic rescue case on the Olympic mountains in Washington State, involving a mountain goat and a Bernese Mountain dog that was in hot pursuit, is making headlines. The Bellingham Herald reports that a Sasha, a 5-year-old dog, fell nearly 150 feet down a cliff while chasing after a mountain goat.
Stranded at the base of the cliff for almost three days, she astoundingly survived. Her injuries were minimal, as she only had a broken tooth and an injured paw, Gwen Hall (one of Sasha's owners) told KIRO TV. Hall was climbing with co-owner Jim Krieger up Mount Ellinor, hoping to reach the 5,944 foot high summit, when Sasha took off after the goat.
Speaking to KIRO TV, Hall said the disappearance "happened in seconds. She was up and bolted. I kept calling her, whistling for her."
After contacting a volunteer mountain rescue team named Olympic Mountain Rescue, Hall and Krieger were aided by six search specialists who canvassed the area for five hours. Sasha was found on a slim shelf in the cliff's side, lying motionless. Using a litter and ropes, they hauled her up to safety, the Herald added.
Pet lovers keen on animal rescue
efforts may look into donating to rescue teams and shelters. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, almost five to seven million companion animals are put in shelters each year, some gathered from rescue efforts and looking to reunite with their owners.