US dog plummets 90m during hike and survives

2016-04-11 07:47

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St George - A Utah family's dog is recovering after surviving a 90-meter fall.

The McInnes family of Eagle Mountain tells Salt Lake City's KSL-TV on Sunday that Toby, a 1-year-old English Sheepdog poodle, is resting at home.

The family was hiking Thursday at Gooseberry Mesa, west of Zion National Park, when Toby leapt off a cliff.

Washington County sheriff's deputy Darrell Cashin says the dog fell 45 meters and then tumbled another 45 meters down the mountain.

A first responder was able to reach him and carried the 34kg dog up a steep incline.

Toby suffered injuries to his head, brain and eyes, as well as several scrapes.

Dr Kelly Houston, a veterinarian in St George, says he's had patients who died after a 6-meter fall, and he was amazed by Toby's survival.

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