A brave and adventurous dog who wandered from home and got herself stuck on a cliff in Provo, Utah is safe after a very long night with some dedicated rescuers.
“We’ve got a dog harness. We’re going to rappel down, put that on [Mary and] bring [her] back down to safety,” Utah County Sheriff’s Department search and rescue team member Shaun Roundy says in the video below that they posted to YouTube.
Rescuers had to hike half a mile up steep and dangerous terrain in freezing cold temperatures to save the 3-year-old American Foxhound named Mary.
The poor pooch became stuck on a cliff above a 60-foot drop and was absolutely terrified.
“We thought, ‘This dog’s been [here] overnight on the coldest night of the year. It’s going to be hungry. It’s going to be happy to see us,’” he told ABC affiliate Good4Utah.com.
“Don’t go jumping off any cliffs, now. Come here, Mary,” Roundy can be heard saying in the video. “OK, Mary. Hang on, girl. Good girl. Got some treats for you.”
The scary ordeal ended up going on for hours before the dog was finally safely on the ground. “I thought, ‘If I take one more step closer, it’s going to fall off,’” Roundy said.
Yet even after Mary’s unbelievable journey away from home, the adventurous dog was reunited with her family and will be fine from the incident. “The owner did return the following morning and coaxed her down,” John Luke, a Utah County spokesman, said to ABC. “She had some scrapes and minor cuts but was otherwise OK.”
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