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Dog rescued from cliffside

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

JEREMIAH, Ky. (WYMT) - Firefighters rescued a dog that was stranded almost halfway up a nearly 200 foot tall cliff.

The owner of the German Sheppard, named Diamond, says it was missing since Saturday night.

But when a neighbor found Diamond she was nearly 50 feet off the ground.

"I didn't locate it the first time it barked and it had to bark 2 or 3 times, and then I said well that dog is really close, and I just happened to look up on the cliff there and see it," said neighbor Gus Tolliver.

Firefighters say the dog was stranded, with no way up or down.

With only water below, firefighters say they knew climbing down was their only option to save it.

Before making their rescue, firefighters had to hike nearly a quarter of a mile before making it to the top of the cliff.

"Our plans were to get up there and repel down to the dog to see if maybe we could get a hold of it to repel it on down. Once i got there and saw that it was calm and not hurt, I just put it on my chest and repelled on down with it," said Fireman Michael Potter.

Potter scooped Diamond up and lowered the dog onto a boat.

Her owner says she was happy to see her safely brought to shore.

"We searched all day and somebody said they'd seen her here, and the fire department was here rescuing her. So this is my dog, and her name is diamond, and she's my world," said owner, Lucy Combs.

The Fleming-Neon and Letcher County Fire Departments worked together to bring the dog off the cliff.

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