AFR saves dog in freezing conditions following hike mishap

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque dog named Jax is back home and warm after being saved by Albuquerque Fire Rescue. AFR says they worked for nearly three hours in the cold on Sunday to free the dog.

“I didn’t know if he was more seriously hurt. I didn’t know how much time we had, it was cold so just really terrified and kind of hurt. It was painful to listen to him be so scared and not be able to help,” said owner Miranda Van Dijk. She says she and a friend couldn’t even reach Jax and quickly realized they couldn’t get him out on their own and called 911.

Jax and his owners were on a hike near Bear Canyon in the northeast heights when he slipped between two boulders, becoming wedged at the bottom of the rocks. Over the last hour of the rescue, a few of the firefighters were showing signs of hypothermia but they worked through the cold and finally pulled Jax out.

“I just wanted to hold on to him for a bit and reassure him and make it clear he was safe now. I was just so relieved and so happy to see him and see that he was okay and breathing and doing alright,” said Miranda. 

Jax is a little banged up but he is okay. Miranda is very grateful for AFR and says it was very clear many of these firefighters were dog lovers because they were so kind and caring. As for why anyone would’ve been out hiking on Sunday, Miranda is from New York and says she like the cold. Miranda says the next time they go hiking, she’ll keep Jax closer to her.

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