Officer Rappels Down Ravine to Rescue Puppy

Harness in tow, Officer Denise Gove with San Diego County’s Department of Animal Services, recently rappelled 100 feet down a ravine to rescue a stray puppy that had tumbled in rough terrain in Pauma Valley.

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Matt Martis
Harness in tow, an officer with San Diego County’s Department of Animal Services recently rappelled 100 feet down a ravine to rescue a stray puppy that had tumbled in rough terrain in Pauma Valley.
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Matt Martis
According to Animal Services, Officer Denise Gove was called to Pauma Valley to help safely pull a small, 10-week-old German shepherd up from the rocky ravine. The dog had landed in a bush and was clinging on for help.
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Matt Martis
When Gove arrived at the ravine, she could hear the puppy’s whimpers coming from below. The bottom of the ravine was about 200 feet down. Animal Services said the puppy had dropped about 100 feet down, where a large bush broke the animal’s fall.
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Today, Animal Services said the puppy is doing just fine. The dog is considered a stray and is currently staying at the County’s Northern Region shelter in Carlsbad, located at 2481 Palomar Airport Rd.
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San Diego County Department of Animal Services
Millie, a 10-week-old puppy who was rescued by an Animal Control officer earlier this month after falling 100 feet down a ravine, has now been adopted by a Southern California family, the Bleas.
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San Diego County Department of Animal Services
Millie's name is short for "milagro," which means miracle in Spanish.
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The Blea family said that after hearing Millie's story of survival, they knew there was something truly special about the pup.
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Millie is fitting in seamlessly with the Blea family, including sisters Abby and Faith.
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