Lifeguards rescue pooch from Torrey Pines cliffside

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DogSAN DIEGO – A five-year old pug named Nacho went for a walk with his owner around 2 p.m. near the cliffs at the Torrey Pines Glider Port.

Lifeguards said the dog, who was unleashed, got excited when he spotted some birds near the edge of a cliff.  He chased the birds, and became stuck about 40 feet from the top of the cliff.

“The owner suspected that Nacho just maneuvered his way down the cliff to a point where he couldn’t continue down or go up,” said Lifeguard Rich Stropky.  “There was no fall that we know of.”

Eight lifeguards came to the rescue, and proceeded much like they would have with a human rescue.

With the use of a specialized dog harness lifeguards pulled Nacho to safety, in about an hour.

Lifeguards say the dog was a bit dehydrated, but uninjured.

“It is a happy ended,” said Stropky.

Dogs are not allowed in this area between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m..

There are also leash law signs posted in the area.

The owner was not cited with any violations.

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