Two Abandoned St. Bernard Puppies Stuck On Cliff Rescued After Days Of Crying For Help

 The two puppies were barking for days after being stranded on a cliff and left to die.

Two 16-week-old St. Bernard cross puppies are safe after spending several days stranded on a ledge of a cliff in Mission, British Columbia. For four days, residents in the country could hear whimpering and crying coming from the forest.

“It’s day four that I’ve been taking note of them whining and crying. They’re obviously in distress,” said Emma Wilfert. “They’re howling and crying all day until dusk.” Upset that nothing was being done by authorities to assist the dogs, she and her dad hiked into the thick forest to undertake and find the dogs. They found them near the highest of a high cliff. They knew they couldn’t make it to them. Someone was getting to need climbing equipment to rappel right down to them. That’s when word reached Mission’s Search and Rescue.

Volunteers with Mission Search and Rescue were notified and knew that if they didn’t rescue the pup's somebody else would try it, which could lead on to a different rescue being needed. “It’s always a priority for us as search and rescue. We would like to form sure the general public is safe,” SAR manager Dean Osen told CTV News. It took a crew of 15. They divided into three teams with two teams approaching the dogs from the ledge and one from below. OnceOnce they reached the ledge, the excited dog got caught up in their open jacket. “They were excited to ascertain us,” said Roger, one among the SAR volunteers.

The puppies were so tired they fell asleep in their rescuers’ arms. The dogs were checked over by a veterinarian and were in remarkable shape considering their ordeal. They were thin and cold, but not hypothermic and freed from injuries and parasites.

Someone seems to have cut their nails recently. The veterinarian that examined them suspects the dogs were dumped. The BC SPCA’s animal cruelty department has been contacted and therefore the puppies – now named Duchess and Francine – will remain in their care until they're ready for adoption, just not yet.

“Duchess and Francine would really like to thank everyone for his or her support while they suits life off the mountain,” wrote BC SPCA Maple Ridge Branch. They might also wish to thank the Mission Search & Rescue Society for going above and beyond to rescue them and Dewdney Animal Hospital Ltd. for being there to look at them. As these two are still on a stray hold, they're not available for adoption.” But for now, Duchess and Francine are happy, healthy and eating well.

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    Unknown March 14, 2021 at 10:05 AM

    "Don't put yourself at risk for animals." Wow. Such a speciesist and superior attitude. I would think the "search and rescue" guy would know that ALL life is worth saving. What a JERK.


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