Stuck, Saved, and Ready to Find Her Family: Two Strangers and a Humboldt Animal Control Officer Rescue a Trapped Dog
According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan (last name unknown) was riding his bike in the area when he saw something orange “about 10 feet down” in the Dolos. He soon saw that it was a collar onthe neck of a trapped dog. He rode back the way he came and asked Darin Mitchell who had been fishing nearby to help him.
Mitchell said when he saw the dog he could tell she was scared, hungry, and thirsty. (He snapped the photo above and posted it almost immediately on a Facebook page asking if anyone knew who owned her.)
He had no idea how long the dog had been trapped, but, he told us “she had definitely been there a few days…She was way down in there.”
At first, he said, when they tried to get her to come to them, she backed away. But, with a jug of water, Mitchell said they were able to coax her closer and pull her up out of the hole.
“She is so lucky that [Ryan] rode his bike by,” Mitchell said. “She was way down in there…It had been calm but it was all wet around her…[O]ne big ocean day and it would have been all over for her.”
Mitchell said when they pulled her out, the dog was “really skinny and real weak and really needed water.”
According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, their “Animal Control Officer Rob Patton responded and took the dog to the Animal Shelter. ACO Patton says the dog had a slight fever, but is now resting and healing from the experience.”
The rescued dog is now listed as found on Pet Harbor in case anyone knows her owner.
“She is really sweet,” Mitchell said. “I hope they find her people.”