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Rescue dog needs rescue himself after falling over cliff near Enumclaw

Rescue dog needs rescue himself after falling over cliff near Enumclaw

Credit: WASART

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish


Posted on October 1, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 12:22 PM

Search and rescue volunteers on Tuesday were called in to help rescue a Newfoundland dog that fell over a cliff in Enumclaw.

Washington Animal Response Team, Seattle Mountain Rescue and King County 4x4 worked together to rescue "Moses."

According to Newfoundland Club of Seattle, Moses was lost Saturday in the Mud Mountain Recreation Area while hiking near the Rim Trail.

Groups of searchers had been looking for him and he was finally found on Tuesday.

The King County Sheriff’s office said Moses was 175 feet down the mountain. He was barking and walking around - a good sign.

Just after 5 p.m., a volunteer rigged with a harness, ropes and helmet was let over the cliff, strapped Moses to a litter and brought him up.

WASART said Moses was hungry and thirsty but very happy to see his mom/caretaker.

"Newfie" owners from Ohio to Albert were following Moses' story via the WASART Facebook page.

"The international Newf community is breathing a huge sigh of relief...thank you for saving Moses. Awesome Teamwork!" said one.

Moses reportedly is trained to rescue swimmers in distress and just earned his junior level water dog title in August.

WASART said Moses fell in the same area that another dog was rescued in July 2012.