Around noon this afternoon, a cliff rescue was underway near the Coast Gallery. Apparently, a tourist had fallen down the cliff while taking photographs. Around 12:30, rescuers were speaking with the individual, but hadn’t gotten that person up the side of the cliff. I have no information about the nature of any injuries.
Please be aware when visiting our coast, that climbing on our rocks on the side of the road is ill-advised. Mountain Goats and Condors excepted. It is usually a v-e-r-y long way down.
The SPCA for Monterey County performed a cliff rescue in Lucia south of Big Sur today and is now looking for information on the rescued dog.
The dog, a one and a half year old unneutered shepherd mix, was found about 15 feet down the side of a cliff in Lucia on Highway 1. The reporting party first spotted him last night but due to evidence on the scene SPCA rescuers believe he was there at least a few days.
SPCA staff rescued the dog by lowering a skilled staff member down the side of the cliff and helping her return safely with the dog.
The rescued dog, dubbed Billy by SPCA rescuers, was immediately seen by SPCA veterinarian Dr. Carol Iida. Billy is very thin, covered in ticks, and suffering from diarrhea. In addition, the pads on his paws are severely red and worn, likely from trying to scramble up the side of the cliff.
When found, Billy was wearing a black leather collar and a red harness.
If you recognize Billy or have any information, please contact the SPCA at 831-373-2631. All calls are confidential.
Beth Brookhouser, CAWA
Director of Community Outreach
The SPCA for Monterey County
P.O. Box 3058
Monterey, CA 93942
Main: (831) 373-2631 or 422-4721
Direct: (831) 264-5469
Fax: (831) 373-8613 http://www.SPCAmc.org
Here are photos of the Cliff, the rescue, and the dog.