120-pound, 10-year-old Mastiff Rocky fell in a ravine with no way out and was trapped for two days when Houston SPCA rushed to help. Thanks to a vigilant reporting party, staff were able to have this sweet senior dog reunited with family.
Upon arriving at the scene, our rescue team member assessed the situation. The steep walls and massive dog trapped at the bottom meant she needed some backup. Another rescue team member and a cruelty investigator rushed to help lower her into the ravine to get close to the dog.
A Successful Rescue
Once the team lifted him to the top of the ravine and secured him safely in a crate, Rocky made the trip back to the Houston SPCA. Our veterinary staff performed an exam to evaluate him for injuries.
Thankfully, staff deduced that Rocky was uninjured and in good health. We were thrilled to find some good news when they scanned him for a microchip. Rocky’s family was looking for him! They had posted a reward and missing dog fliers. His family had been looking for their beloved pet everywhere with no luck.
Houston SPCA staff contacted his family and made an appointment to have him reclaimed the very next day. Rocky was so excited to be reunited with family! His owners said he had a 12-year-old brother, also a Mastiff, back home who cried for him every night he was gone.
This happy ending reinforces the importance of microchipping your pets! Make sure your pet can be found easily if they’re ever separated from you.
If you see an animal in danger or distress, contact our Animal Rescue Ambulance by calling 713-880-HELP (4357). An animal is injured or ill if a physical wound is visible or he/she cannot stand/walk/function as normal. An animal is in distress if he or she is trapped, for example in a sewer, or unable to feed on their own, such as a newborn animal.
To report animal cruelty, call 713-869-SPCA (7722) or file a report online.