British Columbia

Puppies rescued from cliff after '4 days of whining'

A pair of puppies stuck on a steep cliff were plucked from their precarious perch, then melted hearts.

It took 18 volunteers and more than 7 hours to save 2 puppies in trouble

This St. Bernard puppy was one of a pair rescued near Mission B.C., on Sunday after somehow getting stuck on a cliff. (Laura McKinley)

Two 16-week-old puppies were saved in a dramatic rescue yesterday by a trio of search and rescue groups after the pair's whimpers whipped up a fury on social media.

It took 18 volunteers, more than seven hours of prep and a rope team to rescue a pair of puppies from a steep cliff near Mission on Sunday.

But the two St. Bernard-mix pooches did not waste time and immediately melted hearts, once plucked from their precarious perch near Steelhead B.C., north of Mission.

Dean Osen of Mission Search and Rescue (SAR) said volunteers are not usually called for animal rescues, but in this case an exception was made so that untrained people didn't head up the hillside to try to save the stricken pups.

This sleepy puppy was rescued Sunday after somehow getting stuck on a cliff north of Mission B.C. (Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Society/Facebook)

"Social media had exploded over these two puppies that were in the Steelhead area and they've been whining for four days," he said.

"It was very rough terrain, so at that point, before anybody else puts themselves at risk, we put ourselves up there," he said.

The operation, which also entailed a rope team, employed rescuers from Surrey, Mission and Central Fraser Valley SARs.

The puppies were wrapped in blankets and taken to the Mission SPCA, after a bit of dog food.

"Great outcome to an untypical rescue," posted Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Society volunteers who helped with the mission.

It's unclear how the animals got up the hill or who owned them in the first place.

Search and rescue volunteers head out with the 2 safe puppies. (Facebook)

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