“Sweet deaf” dog rescued by San Diego Humane Society after falling into California ravine

It took four hours to rescue one “sweet deaf” dog from a terrifying 30-metre fall into a California ravine Monday afternoon.

The San Diego Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team jumped into action after the owner called asking for help. Their 8-year-old Australian shepherd named Hobo tumbled into a ravine near their home in the Sorrento Valley.

The society said the dog enduring a “frightening fall” down a hill into thick brush where a fence was being built.

“Members of our Technical Response Unit rushed to the scene and set up safety lines to rappel down the steep terrain,” the group said.

The dog slipped 30 metres, or 100 feet into the steep ravine. Photo: San Diego Humane Society/Twitter

It took five people to cut the frightened dog free from where it was tangled in thick brush.

Then, a rope was tossed to haul the pup back up to safety.

“It took 4 hours and 5 team members to cut the dog free from the brush, secure him and climb back up,” the humane society tweeted.

Hobo in the arms of one of his rescuers. Photo: San Diego Humane Society/Twitter

The entire ordeal and reunion was caught on camera.

“You did it. You really did it. Oh my God, you both did it,” Hobo’s owner said while patting both the dog and then the rescuer’s belly.

The dog seemed confused, but otherwise fine after getting back on safe terrain.

“We’re so relieved that Hobo is back safe with his family!” the society added.

Proving once again, it really does take a village.

Hobo the dog is now back on solid ground. Photo: San Diego Humane Society/Twitter

The Emergency Response Team is made up of staff and volunteers.

But people are simply calling them heroes.

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