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Officer rappels to rescue dog from a ledge high above a creek

The dog, named Jessie Lee, had been missing for two weeks.

Jessie Lee, a dog that went missing for two weeks and was rescued from a ledge about 50 yards above Fountain Creek, is now back home. An animal control officer with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region rappelled down to a ledge to rescue the dog on Dec. 1. (Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region via AP)

COLORADO SPRINGS — A dog missing for two weeks in Colorado Springs was rescued from a ledge about 50 yards above Fountain Creek and is now back home.

An animal control officer with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region anchored herself to a wooden fence and rappelled down to the dog using a mountaineering harness and rope provided by a man living nearby during the Dec. 1 rescue, the humane society said Monday on Facebook.

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The dog, later identified through her microchip and tag as Jessie Lee, immediately wagged her tail and crawled towards the officer, but the ground started slipping out from underneath the dog, the humane society said.

The officer put a catchpole around the dog’s neck and shoulder to slowly pull Jessie Lee closer safely so she would not fall. Another officer then lowered a second rope which was tied into a makeshift harness for the dog and pulled them both up to safety, the humane society said.

Jessie Lee was reunited with her owners, who had been looking for daily since she went missing two weeks ago, the humane society said.