A deaf dog fell 100 feet down a ravine in California and was lifted to safety thanks to rescuers from the San Diego Humane Society. The dog, Hobo, is an  8-year-old Australian shepherd who was at the edge of his home’s property when he slipped and fell down the steep slope. Hobo had bolted after something he saw in the ravine, and the poor dog landed in thick brush, according to the San Diego Humane Society.

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“He turned around to come back up the hill and lost his back leg footing,” Julia Plant, Hobo’s human, told KGTV. “The next thing I know he went over backwards.”

At around 2 in the afternoon, the San Diego Humane Society received a call about the pup, and it took five members of the organization’s emergency response team to finally free Hobo from the brush. After using safety lines to rappel down the ravine, the rescue took about four hours in total.

Lt. Clint Ganus, the incident commander with the humane society’s rescue team, told USA TODAY that the fact that Hobo is deaf helped his rescue.

“The dog just lay there because it couldn’t hear,” Ganus told USA TODAY. “It kind of worked to our benefit when we were having to cut trees.”

Normally, dogs might get scared and try to scurry off when they are scared during a rescue.

“I feel like he knew what we were doing,” Ganus said. “As soon as our rescuers got our hands on him he started wagging his tail, licking him and stuff like that. He knew we were there to help him not hurt him.”

Hobo was finally rescued and brought to safety.

“The dog had not even a scratch,” Ganus told USA TODAY. “The dog was walking around like nothing ever happened.”

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To reduce the number of suffering dogs on the streets and dogs who are euthanized, it’s important to adopt instead of shop for a dog and never support breeding. Familiarize yourself with tips for adopting so you’re well prepared and read about why breeding dogs is a problem, even if the breeder is “reputable.” 

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