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A scared but lucky “Lucy,” the female pooch who was rescued after she fell into a 30-foot well  in the Santa Monica mountains in Malibu, was back home safely with her family Monday.

Lucy was romping without a leash in the hills on a hike with her owners when she tumbled into the well, and it took rescuers hours to reach the scene because of delays from heavy road traffic.

Officials warned hikers to keep their dogs on leashes in the hills to avoid any such dangerous dilemmas.

Lucy fell into the dirt well near the 27200 block of Winding Way about 11:45 a.m. Sunday, according to fire department spokesman Brian Jordan.

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The department dispatched its Urban Search and Rescue team to the scene but it took them about two hours to get there because of traffic, according to Jordan.

The county fire team then lowered one firefighter down into the well to make the rescue, Jordan said.

Firefighter Matt Walmsley, who pulled Lucy to safety, told ABC7, ”They lowered me down into the well. I put a strap around the dog and then they (firefighters) pulled us up.”

The entire operation was finished about 5 p.m. Sunday, according to county fire Dispatch Supervisor Cheryl Sims.

The department warned pet owners to keep their dogs on leashes when they are hiking on trails through the mountains.

–City News Service

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