Dog Survives 300-Foot Fall From Cliff

Toby is limping but lucky to be alive after he jumped off a cliff and fell about 300 feet while on a trail ride at Utah’s Gooseberry Mesa on Thursday afternoon. The 1-year-old English Sheepdog and Poodle mix fell about 150 feet vertically, and then tumbled about another 150 feet down. The McInnes family called 911 for help, and although the Washington County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t usually help with animal rescues, they sent a crew of five to the scene. “It was just the right thing to do,” said deputy Darrell Cashin. Responder Mike Thomas was the first to reach Toby, and carried the 75-pound dog up a very steep incline to be reunited with his family. Seeing their reaction made it all worthwhile. “When they were reunited, that was our payment. That was our payoff for that,” Cashin said. Toby suffered several injuries but was happy to see his family. They were able to take him home after an exam with his vet. — Read it at Salt Lake City’s KLS

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