Neighbors cheer successful dog rescue in El Sobrante

Neighbors cheer successful dog rescue in El Sobrante
Local public safety officials pose with the dog they successfully rescued, Zelda, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Photo: Contra Costa Fire Protection District)

Richmond City Manager Carlos Martinez is praising the work of city and county firefighters who collaborated in a dog rescue in El Sobrante earlier this month.

Just after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, Richmond Fire Rescue Crew 68 responded to assist  Contra Costa County Fire Crew 69 in the rescue. Zelda, a 7-year-old, 100-pound Great Pyrenees adopted from Richmond’s Milo Foundation, had slid 30 feet down a ravine and could not climb back up the unsecured slope, according to Martinez’s latest weekly newsletter.

“Richmond personnel set-up a lowering system and attached it to the fire rescue vehicle; then, one firefighter from each agency harnessed up and proceeded down the slope with a rescue basket,” the newsletter states.

By this point, neighbors had gathered to watch the rescue, and they erupted into applause and cheers after all rescuers and the dog were safely hauled up. No one, including Zelda, was injured.

“Zelda’s owner was extremely thankful, especially with such a happy outcome,” the city manager’s newsletter states.

The effort also received traffic control and scene safety assistance from the California Highway Patrol and Animal Control.

“We are very proud of the job well-done and the excellent teamwork between agencies,” the city manager stated.