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Dog Rescued By Search And Rescue Team In Los Padres National Forest

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Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team helps dog injured in Los Padres National Forest backcountry

A search and rescue team made a very unusual rescue on the Central Coast over the holiday weekend.

A Labrador retriever named “Rex” was on a camping trip with his owners in the Los Padres National Forest northeast of Los Olivos, when he hurt his leg Sunday. The group was in the backcountry about six miles from their vehicles, and the dog was too big for the group of two women, and two young boys to carry. A hiker who stumbled across the group hiked back to an area where there was cell phone reception, and called 911.

It was too late for the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue team to respond safely Sunday night. On Monday morning, the team reached the group, and carried Rex to a clear area where it could be flown by helicopter to the trailhead, and taken for medical treatment.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.