SBC firefighters see abundance of dog rescues on cliffs
SANTA BARBARA, California – The More Mesa Bluffs have always been one of Santa Barbara’s most popular places to hang out with four-legged friends.
However, the trail is also a bit dangerous for dogs.
Recently, many furry friends were rescued by firefighters after falling from the cliffs in the area.
According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, they go through about 12 cliff rescues a year at More Mesa.
The most recent rescue took place last Sunday afternoon when a ten-month-old lab crossed the edge and fell 20 feet along the cliff.
Santa Barbara County crews arrived in less than ten minutes and used a high-angle rope system to complete the rescue.
In order to avoid these accidents, firefighters say it’s essential to keep untrained or overactive dogs on a leash while walking the cliffside paths.
“It’s probably best to keep your dog on a leash until you can train him to the point where you feel comfortable running him along cliffs like these,” said the Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Daniel Bertucelli.
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