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Conn. FFs rescue dog after 34-ft. plunge off park tower

Bantam and Litchfield FFs used a wheeled stretcher to move the dog out of the Mount Tom State Park


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By Paloma Chavez
The Charlotte Observer

LITCHFIELD, Conn. — A dog had to be rescued after jumping 34 feet from a tower in a Connecticut state park, officials said.

Firefighters responded to Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield at 3:35 p.m. on June 12 after getting reports that a dog jumped from the tower and couldn’t move, according to a post on Facebook by the Bantam Fire Company.

A rescue crew made its way up to the location of the dog and his owner, officials said. It “was stable but needed to be carried to the bottom.”

Litchfield Fire personnel provided a stretcher with wheels to help rescue the dog, according to a Facebook post by the department.

The team was able to get the dog out by 4:40 p.m., at which point it was “comfortably resting” on the stretcher. Then the dog was taken to a local veterinary hospital, officials said.

The hospital checked out the dog, and it does not have life-threatening injuries.

Mount Tom State Park is “one of the oldest parks in the state park system,” and “the tower trail is less than one mile long and rises some 500 feet,” according to the state of Connecticut’s official website.

Litchfield is about 30 miles west of Hartford.

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