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Wash. firefighters save dog that went over cliff

A Spokane Valley firefighter was lowered 30-feet to rescue a Shetland sheepdog


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By Don Sweeney
The Charlotte Observer

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — A dog named Toby fell off a cliff near Spokane while chasing a ball, Washington firefighters reported.

The 30-pound Shetland sheepdog plunged over the cliff while playing fetch with his owner Thursday, May 11, the Spokane Valley Fire Department said in a news release.

Firefighters spotted the 1-year-old dog on a ledge about 30 feet down from the top of the cliff, the release said.

Photos show Toby landing on a narrow rocky ledge with a steep drop-off.

Rescuers climbed down using ropes, wrapped Toby in a tarp to retrieve him and returned him to his owner, the agency said.

The dog was not injured in the accident, firefighters said.

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