A blind and deaf Jack Russell Terrier was rescued from a 200-foot Gig Harbor cliff Monday night after going over the side while his owner was in the hospital, according to Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One.
The owner’s daughter spotted 16-year-old Mickey heading for the cliff and managed to grab him. The woman slipped, however, and both she and the dog went over the cliff.
The woman grabbed on to blackberry bushes, and her husband pulled her up, but Mickey wriggled out of her grasp, firefighters said.
For two hours, the couple cut bushes and tied off a ladder so the man, who put on a harness, could search for the dog. When they did not find Mickey by nightfall, they called 911.
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Firefighters decided to do a high-angle rescue because the tide was so high they couldn’t get to the beach, and the cliff was covered with brush and maple trees.
A 10-member team from the Fire Department used a thermal-imaging camera and flashlights to find Mickey 150 feet down the cliff.
The couple took the dog to a veterinarian after he was rescued.