A dog that went missing in Kentucky was found 30 feet up a tree, thanks to a drone and a dedicated rescue team. The dog, named Rocco, had been chasing a raccoon when he climbed the tree and got stuck.
Rocco’s owner, Lee Stanton, said he had been searching for his dog for two days, but had no luck. He contacted the Missing Animal Response Network (MARN), a group of volunteers who help find lost pets. MARN used a drone to scan the area where Rocco was last seen, and spotted him on a tree branch.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘Holy cow, that’s the dog,’” said Kat Albrecht-Thiessen, the founder and director of MARN. “He was just sitting there, looking at us.”
How Rocco was rescued
MARN contacted the Lyon County Emergency Management, who sent a team of firefighters to the scene. They used a ladder truck to reach Rocco, who was calm and cooperative. They put a harness on him and lowered him to the ground.
“He was wagging his tail and licking everybody. He was so happy to be down,” Albrecht-Thiessen said. “He was a very sweet dog.”
How Rocco is doing now
Rocco was reunited with his owner, who was overjoyed to see him. Stanton said he was grateful to MARN and the firefighters for saving his dog. He said he would keep a closer eye on Rocco from now on.
“He’s doing great. He’s eating and drinking and sleeping. He’s back to normal,” Stanton said. “He’s my buddy. I love him to death.”