Doña Ana County — A dog that was rescued from a cliff high in the foothills of the Organ Mountains last month is up for adoption, after unsuccessful efforts to locate his owner.
The dog, named “Fallen” by the rescue crew who located him, is an adult intact male Labrador-pit bull mix, estimated to be between five and six years old and is said to be very affectionate and gentle.
On July 12, Fallen was part of a search and rescue operation launched after a woman, who lives northwest of the San Augustin Pass, called Doña Ana County Animal Control Officers to report hearing a dog barking near her home. The woman reportedly was not able to locate the dog on her own, and said the dog had been barking for several days.
A rescue team was assembled by the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Patrol, which included members of Doña Ana County Animal Control and an investigator with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, who feared the dog may have become lost on a hike with his owner.
After several hours, the dog was rescued. Attempts to locate a possible human companion were called off after no visible signs of a potentially stranded victim were identified.
Fallen was treated for severe dehydration and malnutrition and has since recovered, according to Dr. Patricia Norris of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department.
“He is an absolute sweetheart,” said Dr. Norris. “He sits, does very well on a leash, and will shake paws with you all day long if you let him.”
Fallen has been micro chipped and vaccinated. His future owner will be required to pay a $10 micro chip fee and make arrangements for a neuter procedure, either through their own veterinarian or via a low-cost service provided by the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley.
Anyone interested in adopting Fallen can call the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, (575) 525-1911.