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Video: Puppy Rescued From Utah Canyon

I just had to share this fantastic and touching story of a man who rescued a puppy from a canyon along the Utah/Arizona border.

Zak Anderegg, the rescuer (and my new personal hero), found the starving puppy at the bottom of a 350 foot slot canyon. After failing to recruit help, he went about rescue operations on his own. Over the course of the next day he rigged some ropes and a cat carrier and pulled the pup to safety.

I know what you are asking… how on earth did a puppy end up 350 feet down a pot hole in a canyon? Well, that is where the story gets a little depressing.

“The rim of the canyon is 350 feet above us, so falling from the rim would have killed him,” Zak said. “Every single time I work it through my head, I come up with the same answer: someone put him there” — left, abandoned.

What the freak is wrong with people?

Anyway, all’s well that ends well I suppose.

Here is some news footage of the story, and the raw video that Zak managed to take of his rescue efforts:

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Once the puppy was safely out of the canyon, a little bit of TLC was provided by a local Animal Hospital thanks to a program they call the Angel Fund.

If you would like to make a donation to the Angel Fund, their website can be found here:

1 Comment

  1. Cherie

    Is there an update on how the dog is doing?

  2. UPDATE: Puppy Rescued From Utah Canyon | Towns and Trails
    UPDATE: Puppy Rescued From Utah Canyon | Towns and Trails08-12-2010

    […] Back in early July I caught wind of a touching story about a man who found a puppy at the bottom of a 350 foot Utah slot canyon. Unable to find help, he went about rescuing the dog himself. You can read about the ordeal, and watch video of the rescue, here: Video: Puppy Rescued From Utah Canyon […]

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