On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Bellingham Herald reported that a dog who fell 150 feet during a hike in the Chuckanut Mountains of Washington state survived overnight on a cliff side before her rescue today.
Charlotte, a one-year-old Belgian Malinois / pitbull mix, was rescued on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 21. Charlotte had been let off of her leash and slipped off the side of a trail around 5:30 p.m. near Lost Lake. According to Lauri McBeath, a member of the Washington State Animal Response Team, Charlotte slipped approximately 15 minutes from the nearest trailhead.
While the dog's owner could hear her barking, he couldn't locate her. More than one dozen people worked together the next day to find the missing dog.
Bellingham Mountain Rescue lowered down an EMT and loaded Charlotte, who weighs about 45 pounds, into an oversized duffel bag, pulling her up the cliffside shortly after 2 p.m.
Shortly after the rescue, Charlotte appeared to have trouble breathing. She injured her chest and back during the fall down the cliff face and also was not moving her hind legs. Veterinarians on site checked her for possible spinal injuries.
Charlotte was loaded onto a specialized stretcher, carried to the trailhead, and rushed to a Bellingham animal hospital where she was treated for injuries on Tuesday afternoon.
Updates about Charlotte's condition will be posted when they become available. WASART stated on their Facebook page on Tuesday that they will also be checking on the rescued dog's condition.
About the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART:)
WASART rescues pets and livestock in emergency situations. WASART is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) whose
mission is to help animals and their owners through disaster preparedness, education, and emergency response.
The Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART), a grass-roots, non-profit organization, was created to help animals affected by emergencies.
WASART provide emergency response, sheltering, and training for the technical rescue of animals in emergencies and disasters. We also love doing community outreach and education in disaster preparedness.
WASART currently provides services within Western Washington and specializes in the actual physical rescue of animals who are in life threatening situations and in ensuring temporarily abandoned animals have food and water.
WASART has participated in countless animal rescues across Washington state.
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