Puppy rescued from ravine adopted by Los Angeles family

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 2 1/2-month-old puppy rescued from the side of a Pauma Valley ravine a few weeks ago has been adopted and is living with a family near Los Angeles, the San Diego County Department of Animal Services announced Friday.

The German shepard’s cries were heard as it clung to a bush about halfway down the 200-foot slope, and an Animal Services officer rappelled down the hill to bring it to safety.

She was cared for at the county animal shelter in Carlsbad before adoption by a family from Sierra Madre, in which the parents are veterinarians.

"We saw the story on her and there was just something about her,” said the new owner, Annie Blea. "She called out to me a little bit. I have been part of animal rescues — I was impressed with the gal who rappelled down. It was great on her part!”

Blea, whose husband works at the Del Mar Racetrack, and her family were chosen from a pool of applicants, according to Animal Services.

They named the dog Milagro — Spanish for miracle — and called her Millie for short. The Blea family includes two daughters, another dog and a cat, and they report that everyone is getting along.

"She’s just very special — she had a look about her and the way she acted for a puppy that had been on the side of a cliff? I thought she was amazing,” Blea said.

The county will hold "Clear the Shelters Day” Saturday, in which adoption fees will be waived in order to get more pets into homes.

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