13-year-old Lab rescued after falling down deep ravine

On Sunday night, a 13-year-old Lab fell down a deep ravine and spent most of the night trapped because he was not able to go up or down. The Pierce County, Washington dog, named Pepsi, waited patiently for help – his family climbed down to stay with him until rescuers arrived.

According to the West Pierce Fire and Rescue, the 120 pound black Labrador retriever, would need to be carried up by a litter.

“The embankments over here are very steep. There’s a lot of deadfalls, a lot downed brush, so anytime that rescues to on rope, it’s very dangerous.” stated West Pierce Captain Steve Vukich.

The rescue attempt took several hours, but Pepsi came up safely strapped into the litter.

“Pepsi fell over the embankment behind Zircon Drive last night and his owners were not able to retrieve him due to the steep and uneven terrain. He is over 100 pounds and 13 years old, so he was not able to make it back up on his own.

After attempting to find the best access point, we decided to use a rope rescue system. Shortly thereafter, Pepsi was on his way up the hill with his family behind him…”

Crews responded to the Oakbrook neighborhood of Lakewood this afternoon for a four-legged rescue. We are happy to report that Pepsi the Labrador is home safe and uninjured. Pepsi fell over the embankment behind Zircon Drive last night and his owners were not able to retrieve him due to the steep and uneven terrain. He is over 100 pounds and 13 years old, so he was not able to make it back up on his own.After attempting to find the best access point, we decided to use a rope rescue system. Shortly thereafter, Pepsi was on his way up the hill with his family behind him. All are safe and Pepsi is resting comfortably at home.

Posted by West Pierce Fire & Rescue on Monday, June 17, 2019

Many thanks to the heroes that are here for all of us – no matter what the species.

Pepsi was not injured and is reportedly doing well and resting.

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1 reply
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    If only the entire world had this spirit of goodness, commitment and responsibility to the safety of our animals–the world would be a very different place!

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