Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Thursday saluted Newport Beach firefighters for rescuing a dog’s “brave guardian” – a woman who got stuck on a cliff ledge trying to help her stranded puppy.

Newport Beach firefighters rescued the woman, Ashley Engle, on Friday afternoon. She was more than 50 feet up a “steep ravine” trying to get to her 5-month-old puppy, Luna, who got stuck when she ran off during a walk because she got spooked by another dog, according to PETA.

A firefighter had to rappel down the cliff, place a harness around Engle and get her and her dog to safety.

“This dog is lucky to have such a caring and brave guardian, and thanks to the Newport Beach Fire Department’s determination and know-how, both of them made it safely home,” said Colleen O’Brien, the organization’s senior director. “PETA hopes their story will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need.”

PETA sent a new leash and harness and a box of vegan dog treats to Luna, and a box of vegan cookies to Engle.

The organization also sent some vegan cookies to Newport Beach firefighters.

— Wire reports 

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