Dog Rescued After Falling Off 50-Foot Cliff at Quarry in Connecticut: He's 'Very Lucky'

The animal, a 30-pound terrier mix named Rippy, had been lost for days

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Rippy the dog

A dog has been rescued after falling off a 50-foot cliff at a quarry in Connecticut.

The North Canaan Animal Shelter received a phone call earlier this week from a man who said he heard a dog barking while he was walking near the quarry, according to a Facebook post from the organization's Animal Control Officer Lindsay Burr.

Joined by her sister and a group of quarry workers, Burr went to the bottom of the area to locate the pup, and although they could hear him barking, he was unable to be found.

The shelter then got in touch with a local resident, who used a drone to see if they could detect the canine's heat signature. The attempt, however, was unsuccessful, Burr wrote.

The North Canaan Animal Control was later contacted by the dog's owner, who revealed that the canine — a 30-pound terrier mix named Rippy — recently disappeared in the area.

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Rippy being rescued

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Eventually, workers near the quarry reported hearing the barking again while on their lunch break, Burr wrote, and called Animal Control to retrieve the animal.

Alongside the North Canaan Animal Shelter, members of the Northwest Rope Rescue Team, the North Canaan Fire Company and the North Canaan Ambulance assisted in the rescue. Two members of the Rope Rescue Team, Burr said, "repelled roughly 50 ft down to the dog."

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Rippy being rescued

Rippy was then caught and safely brought back up the cliff, and his owner was later called to bring him home, per the social media post.

"I want to thank everyone who was involved in this crazy rescue," Burr wrote. "Rippy's mom thanks everyone as well!!"

"He is one very lucky dog to have survived a fall off one of those cliffs!! Other animals have not been that lucky!" she added. "He would not have made it home safe without all of you!!"

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