Cochise County rescuers rewarded with face licks

Updated: Apr. 27, 2017 at 11:45 AM MST
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Cochise County Search and Rescue personnel rescued a dog that was trapped on a ledge of a cliff west of Bisbee.

According to a news release from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, a woman called the sheriff's office Wednesday morning, April 26, after she was unable to rescue the dog herself. He had wandered away from her while she was drawing sketches in the Mule Mountains near the Juniper Flats radio towers.

Two members of the SAR team, including a vet tech, were lowered to the dog. They brought with them a K9 rescue harness and a sedative to be used if the dog panicked or became aggressive.

However, apparently grateful for their help, the dog began licking his rescuers' faces and wagging his tail, so they lowered him about 100 feet to safety without using the sedative.

The dog was not injured and was reunited with his owner.

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