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Rescuer rappels into ravine to rescue puppy

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A nearly three-month old puppy will be up for adoption later this week after she was rescued from 100-feet down a Pauma Valley ravine on Saturday.

The adorable German Shepherd does not have a name, but the team that rescued her is thinking of calling her Palomar or Repunzel based on how she was rescued.

"I think the puppy was just exploring, out being a puppy and because the edge was so unsteady, she just stumbled," said Ofcr. D.J. Gove of County of San Diego Animal Services.

Saturday morning an avocado grove worker heard the puppy's cry in Pauma Valley. After calling animal services, the rescue team discovered the 10-week old pup at the bottom of a rugged ravine after falling down into the center of very dense bush.

"I had to like move the bush a little bit, and part the bush to drag her out, she didn't come out freewill," Gove said.

Gove has 30 years of rescue experience under her belt and quickly rappelled all the way down the crumbling cliffside to get the dog. It was only her first week working out of the county's Carlsbad office, her first assignment to save this pup on a hot summer day.

“A puppy this size there are a lot of things that could have been to her demise, any kind of bird of prey could have taken her off, coyotes, bobcats are out there and rattlesnakes."

Rescued with only scratches on her eyes and both legs, the pup walked away with minor injuries and is healing. She will be available for adoption July 15 at the county’s animal care facility. For anyone interested in adopting the ravine puppy, her animal ID is #1728061.

Some of the footage in this video story was shot using a GoPro camera.

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