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Two-hour dramatic rescue saves a dog and a sheep

Three engines of firefighters, several police officers and one veterinarian participated in a dramatic rescue amidst the steep terrain and boulders near the 1600 block of Canal Boulevard in Point Richmond, California, according to San Jose Mercury News.

The stranded victims - Sparkle, a black lab, and Peter Pan, a sheep - found themselves trapped and scared as animal control officers called the Richmond Fire Department.

Rescuers spent more than two hours surveying the rocks for a safe rescue, and in the end incorporated an elaborate high-angle rope rig to reach the frightened creatures.

"Animals are more difficult [to rescue] than people because they're unpredictable," Battalion Chief Merlin Turner told the news outlet. "I was nervous. There were crowds, a lot of people. We didn't want to be unsuccessful."

Both animals are safe and have been returned to their owners, one of whom is the Point Richmond's Vice Mayor.

According to, black labs are usually extremely playful and full of energy. They also remain one of the most popular breeds in the United States.  
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