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Dog rescued after falling off cliff, donations sought for medical bills

Posted at 8:56 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 23:02:49-04

An injured dog was rescued after falling nearly 100 feet off of a cliff in Santa Barbara in the early morning hours of the July fourth holiday, according to a local rescue group.

The dog was found by a passerby on the beach around 6:45 a.m. Santa Barbara police, animal control and harbor patrol participated in rescuing the injured animal.

Injured dog rescued in Santa Barbara after falling from a cliff. Photo Courtesy: DAWG

The rescue group, DAWG, says officers worked to trace the dog’s last steps. He was last seen on video running on the cliff around 1 a.m. before falling, then laying on the beach until his rescue hours later. His owner has not been found.

The dog was taken to a local vet for emergency treatment. DAWG says it is working with several other organizations to raise money to pay for the dog’s medical bills which are growing.

Santa Barbara officer comforts dog injured after falling off a cliff. Photo Courtesy: DAWG

He will need extensive surgery for his front left leg and back left leg, hip area. If the owner does not come forward, the group will also look for a foster home for the dog after treatment.

Dog at emergency vet after cliff fall. Photo Courtesy: DAWG


If you recognize this dog or know his owner, please contact Santa Barbara County Animal Services.

You can donate to his recovery by clicking here. 

If you have an interest in being a medical foster family, you can contact DAWG at