West Seattle firefighters, police, neighbors rescue stranded dog

There’s a tale of heroism, and a happy ending, behind the most-recent “found dog” notice on the WSB Pets page. Beach Drive-area resident Debra sent us the photo early this morning with news that firefighters and police had helped get the dog off the rocks at Emma Schmitz Overlook – and that the dog had been taken to Lien Animal Clinic. We later asked Seattle Fire Department public-information officer Kyle Moore if he could dig up details, and he tells WSB that Ladder 11 was called to the 4000 block of Beach Drive at 5:17 am “to assist SPD with an animal rescue”:

A bystander heard the yelps of a dog coming from the rocks below the Beach Drive walkway. The dog had somehow crawled into a hole inbetween the rocks of a 12-foot high seawall and was taking shelter. The tide was low but was coming, in threatening the safety of the scared animal. The bystander and two firefighters were able to lure the dog out of the rocks. A Ladder 11 firefighter then cradle carried the dog up to safety.

The dog was cold, scared and shaking but had no signs of injuries. Firefighters were able to walk to the dog and warm him up. The ladder company then drove the dog up to a nearby animal clinic where they met a Seattle Police Officer.

Since then, Dawnie, one of the neighbors who got the rescue in motion while spotting the dog during an early bike ride (and, it turns out, took the photo), tells WSB that its owners have been found: “A big sigh of relief, for such a sweet dog.”

17 Replies to "West Seattle firefighters, police, neighbors rescue stranded dog"

  • Dan December 12, 2012 (1:50 pm)

    Poor thing looks really scared.

  • Vanessa December 12, 2012 (1:57 pm)

    Sweet baby dog! THANK YOU ALL! Keep the good news coming……

  • Doug December 12, 2012 (2:09 pm)

    Well done. Thanks for caring about someones pet.

  • sb in ws December 12, 2012 (2:14 pm)

    Poor baby. So glad someone found him and that he is back home.

  • Thankful December 12, 2012 (2:25 pm)

    Thank you!!!!!!

  • iml December 12, 2012 (2:47 pm)

    What a lucky pup! Thank you good Samaritans!

  • maggie December 12, 2012 (3:40 pm)

    We are so good here in West Seattle about our pets and others. Glad to live here

  • EmmyJane December 12, 2012 (4:12 pm)

    Awww, the biggest thank you to the people that helped. What a cute dog.

  • westcoastdeb December 12, 2012 (4:23 pm)

    Ah, how I love living in a town where even the [sarcasm font] wretched pit bull [end sarcasm font] is worth saving.

    Good work guys and gals!

  • Paul December 12, 2012 (6:29 pm)

    Excellent. I love that my fellow West Seattleites are so concerned about the well being of our beloved animal friends.

  • Jim December 12, 2012 (8:55 pm)

    Nice! Well done, all…

  • Gimpy Wallingford Girl December 12, 2012 (9:51 pm)

    Great job, everyone!!
    How terrific that folks were willing to take the time and energy (and be late for work!) to help out the pup.
    And how *wonderful* that he’s back home with his family.
    Good karma points all around to everyone that was involved!

  • miws December 13, 2012 (9:47 am)

    Kudos to all that helped this poor little guy!



  • WS expat December 13, 2012 (10:20 am)

    @ west coast deb, are we sure this little guy is all pit bull? The photo is a little distorted, but my guess would be there’s some shar pei DNA in his make up. Eye shape is rounder than one would expect in a pit, and the flews are more generous.
    Whatever, it’s good he is safely back home, and may the bystanders and firefighters all receive extra goodies in their Christmas stockings!

  • westcoastdeb December 13, 2012 (2:39 pm)

    Honestly, a dog is a dog to me, no matter what breed. A passer by may indeed identify this as a pitty of some sort. Doesn’t matter what it REALLY is – anything that looks pit like has a bad rap.

  • Gary December 13, 2012 (5:31 pm)

    Thank goodness for stranded dogs or the fire dept wouldn’t have anything to do!

  • Susie December 13, 2012 (11:48 pm)

    Thank you, thank you so much!!! To all that helped our family dog of 12 years, Jake is his name by the way. Yes the firemen are right he is an A.T.pit bull. Jake has always been loved by many because of his kind nature. It was very unusual of him to wounder off from home in the Admiral way area, however he is getting up there in age. He does have a problem in his right eye from his fall. he will be seen at the Lien animal clinic tomorrow. A family friend has offered some help. If you would like to help Jake out too, please contact Lien Animal Clinic in West Seattle.

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