Monday was not going well for an 8-week-old puppy in Chillicothe, Ohio, who found himself in a very precarious position. The mixed-breed pup took a tumble down a ravine, about 80 to 100 feet, and ended up in a spot where rescuers couldn’t reach him.
“Today we received a call about a puppy who had fallen down a ravine approximately 80-100 feet and landed on a slate ledge near a small waterfall,” the Ross County Humane Society posted on Monday.
“We sent staff out to see if they could safely retrieve the 8 week old mixed breed pup and it was quickly determined they could not. They could hear him crying but could not see him because he was too far down.”
Unable to do much else themselves, the Humane Society used its platform to ask for help, and help responded in the form of Joe Lawhorn.
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A Marine Corps veteran, avid cyclist and regular volunteer with the Humane Society, Lawhorn was uniquely primed for the task at hand. He volunteered his services and was able to bring the pup to safety.
“Joe quickly scaled almost 100 feet down the ravine and retrieved the puppy,” the post continued. “This puppy, who we have named Kenda was transported to North Fork Animal Clinic by shelter staff to be examined and was released to the shelter.”
In the comments on the post, two people explained that the Ross County Humane Society had been picking up a litter of five puppies as part of its “Fresh Start” program when the one pup made a dash for it. The other four pups were brought to the shelter without incident.
In a nod to Lawhorn’s help, the puppies were all named after his cycling sponsors.
In addition to Kenda (Kenda Tire Road N Gravel), there was Rudy (Rudy Project North America), Irwin (Irwin Cycling), Marque (Marque Cycling) and Fuji (Fuji Bikes).
Kenda was checked by a veterinarian to make sure he was doing well after his big…