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Dog rescued from edge of cliff in Sabino Canyon

Posted at 5:10 AM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 08:22:47-05

Editor's note: PCSD initally released the dog's name as Kanto, but the owner tells KGUN9 that his name is Scout.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A dog is set to be reunited with his owner after being rescued from the edge of a cliff Sunday morning.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department says deputies were called to the end of Blackett's Ridge Trail in the Sabino Canyon Recreation area for a report of an unattended dog on a cliff. Deputies in a helicopter were able to spot the dog and were concerned that its owner might be in danger.

Search and Rescue Deputies and Southern Arizona Rescue Association volunteers used a safety line to get to the dog and then hiked him to safety.

Deputies say they found out the owner was out of town and he had escaped Saturday night from a house sitter. PCSD says the sitter was trying to find the dog, even hanging signs around the neighborhood and posting to social media.

The dog's name is Scout and PCSD says he did have a chip. That helped deputies locate his owner. Kanto is expected to be reunited with his owner Monday morning.