LOUISVILLE, Neb., April 12 (UPI) -- Firefighters and sheriff's deputies in Nebraska were called to rescue a 120-pound Great Dane that somehow stranded herself on a tree branch 20 feet above the ground.
The Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department, which was covering the Louisville district Saturday night during the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department's banquet, said crews responded along with Cass County sheriff's deputies on a report of a dog stranded 20 feet up in a tree.
"While we were responding, we were admittedly somewhat skeptical. Upon arrival, sure enough, there she was. A 120 pound Great Dane about 20 feet up in the tree," the department said in a Facebook post.
The dog's owner, Wes McGuirk, said the Great Dane, Kora, was in the tree when he got home from going out to dinner. He said the dog must have chased a squirrel or other small animal up the tree and ended up stranded.
Firefighters attached a harness to Kora and were able to safely lower her to the ground.
"This is one of those calls that had a great outcome and will not soon be forgotten," Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department's post read.
Tonight, as we were covering the Louisville district, we received a call that was far from typical. We were advised that a dog was stuck about 20 feet up in a tree. Additional information was that the dog was a Great Dane that was about 120 pounds. While we were responding, we were admittedly somewhat skeptical. Upon arrival, sure enough, there she was. A 120 pound Great Dane about 20 feet up in the tree. After some quick game planning, and assistance from the Sheriff's Office K-9 Handler, we put our plan into action. The initial plan was to get a harness on the dog and see if he would follow a friend of the owner back down the tree. That didn't work to well. The next plan was to attach a long leash to the harness and lower the dog to the ground. During both plans, we had members on the ground holding a tarp to catch the dog if she would have fallen. As you can see in the video, the second option worked well enough to get her out of the tree unharmed. Big thanks to Elmwood Rescue, Cass County Sheriffs Deputies and the homeowners. This is one of those calls that had a great outcome and will not soon be forgotten.Posted by Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, April 9, 2016