Rockbridge County first responders launch rescue operation after missing dog ends up in steep ravine

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(Photo: Courtesy Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department)

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Rockbridge County first responders came to a missing canine’s rescue on Tuesday after the dog ended up down a steep ravine.

According to the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department, crews were dispatched to the area of 2200 Wert Faulkner Highway for a technical rescue on Tuesday, July 27.

Fire officials say a dog that had gone missing on Monday, July 26 was discovered in a steep, rocky ravine and could not get out.

The department says the canine’s owner had freed him from rocks where he had been pinned prior to crews’ arrival.

While waiting on units to carry in a litter and technical gear, Glasgow fire officials learned that the dog — whose name is Sampson — is 15-years-old, suffered from hip dysplasia, and had been missing for 19 hours.

After using a lowering system to bring a rescue litter to Sampson’s location, first responders carefully and comfortably placed the dog in the litter, latched him in, and safely brought him up the embankment to the road bed using a haul system. Sampson was then carried out to his owner’s vehicle and brought to his veterinarian, according to the department.

Fire officials announced on Wednesday, July 28 that Sampson is “back up to full speed” and resting comfortably at his home.

“Those of you with pets understand that they are most of the time as close to us our children and are treated as part of the family,” the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department posted on Facebook Wednesday. “But some people ask why would we go out to extremes for a dog? So we reply why not! Your VOLUNTEERS work hard to keep your community safe by protecting life and property.”

Firefighters also received assistance from Sgt. Martin and Deputy Higgins with the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office.

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