A Utah family’s dog is recovering after surviving a 300-foot fall.
The McInnes family of Eagle Mountain was taking a hike at Gooseberry Mesa when Toby, a 1-year-old English Sheepdog mix, suddenly leapt off the cliff.
“The boys were right there with me; they saw him jump,” Ben McInnes, Toby’s owner, told KSL-TV.
“For a split second you hope that he landed on something, but I knew there was nothing over there,” said Ben McInnes. “It was awful. You could hear him sliding and bouncing and yelping.”
The McInnes family did the only thing they could think of and called search and rescue.
“When those things happen, we try and help them out. … It’s not something we normally do, just going to rescue a dog, but it’s just the complication of: If we don’t, who else is going to try and get down to him?” said deputy Darrell Cashin, with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
“It was just the right thing to do,” Cashin said.
When Washington County Sheriffs arrived at the scene, they estimated that Toby fell 150 feet and then tumbled another 150 feet down the mountain.
After a few hours, a first responder, Mike Thomas, was able to reach Toby and carry the 75-pound dog up to safety.
Toby suffered from injuries to his head, brain and eyes, as well as several cuts and scrapes.
Dr. Kelly Houston, Toby’s veterinarian in St. George, told CBS News that he has had patients who died after a 20-foot fall. He was amazed by Toby’s survival.
“I’ve bene doing this for 25 years…I’ve never had [a patient] do what Toby did and survive.”
Toby the miraculous cliff diving dog is now safe and recovering at home with his family.