Pregnant pup pulled from ledge

Oak Bay fire department called out to rescue border collie in steep terrain

Oak Bay firefighter Kyle Beaumont lifts a pregnant border collie from the cliffs in the 900-block of Beach Drive on Saturday.

A full-scale rescue was put on for a border collie that escaped its yard in Fairfield and made its way to King George Terrace on Nov. 1.

The dog, which was later discovered to be pregnant, was reported to Victoria Animal Control Services as running along Beach Drive and onto the Victoria Golf Course. An animal control officer spotted the dog and followed her on foot, losing sight of the frightened animal in the 900-block of Beach Drive just after noon.

A search was conducted through several waterfront properties and the dog was located about 20 minutes later clinging to a ledge on the side of a vertical rock face. The dog had tried to jump across a narrow ravine and landed on the ledge half way down to the water.

Due to the steep and slippery terrain animal control officers were unable to reach the dog and called the Oak Bay Fire Department for assistance.

“We took a number of these border collie mixes from a man – a recluse really – who lives in the interior,” said Penny Stone, of the Victoria Humane Society. “The dogs are not used to being around anyone, they’re used to being with one man and 40 or 50 other dogs.”

The Oak Bay Fire Department arrived and set up a rope rescue system using nearby trees so a firefighter could be lowered down to the dog. Oak Bay Sea Rescue was also called to attend the scene in the event the dog jumped into the ocean.

“It was a great rescue,” said Stone. “I can’t thank the Oak Bay Fire Department and the Sea Rescue enough for everything they did.”

When all services were in place Oak Bay firefighter Kyle Beaumont was lowered approximately 20 feet to the dog.

Wearing bite-proof gloves borrowed from Animal Control, Beaumont was able to befriend the stressed dog. He fastened a rope onto its harness and the dog was secured into a soft animal stretcher provided by Animal Control. Other firefighters then provided the muscle power to bring the firefighter and dog up and out of the narrow ravine.

“Honestly I thought they’d never find her let alone rescue her like that. It was just amazing,” said Stone.

Beaumont called Stone later to check on Mopsie, who had escaped her foster home by digging under a fence.

“He did ask about adopting the puppy – it was so sweet when he called – I said, ‘you’ve got to be kidding. You saved our dog’s life of course you can adopt the puppy.’”

 

editor@oakbaynews.com

 

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Victoria immigrant centre’s refugee housing lands in Oak Bay

Partnership project officially announced for World Refugee Day

Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Prime Minister made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons

Rebirth of downtown cultural festival coming to Victoria in July

Folktoria aims to pick up where Folkfest left off

Plans rejigged for new Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre

Visitors to open house see plans for fitness facility, main pool with movable floor

Two people taken into custody after TD bank robbery

VicPD say an individual left the building with an undisclosed amount of cash

In reversal, Trump signs executive order to stop family separation

President had been wrongly insisting he had no choice but to separate families apprehended at border

New Jersey forward Taylor Hall wins Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

Vancouver’s Sedin brothers share King Clancy Award for humanitarian efforts

POLL: Do you have a family doctor?

“I don’t have a family doctor,” is an all too familiar phrase… Continue reading

GoFundMe page launched for families of missing Vancouver Island fishermen

Search for three men whose vessel capsized near Tofino on June 15 continues.

50 new fires sparked in B.C. after lightning strikes across province

Similar conditions seen at the beginning of 2017 wildfire season

B.C. woman graduates high school at age 92

Nanaimo’s Joan Deebank the oldest high school graduate ever in B.C., as far as ministry can confirm

B.C. Appeal Court rules lottery winner must be paid back $600,000 loan

Enone Rosas won $4.1 million in a lottery in 2007 and loaned a portion to a friend

B.C. man surprised after used needle falls from sky

A Vernon resident said a syringe fell out of the sky and landed at his feet

Liquor review finds issues with B.C. wholesale monopoly

Report calls for ‘conflict of interest’ in system to be fixed

Most Read