ELMA, N.Y (WIVB) - It was a happy reunion and special Mother's Day for one woman in Elma.
Julie Schwab was reunited with her two poodle mix dog's Tinkerbell and Mator, after they went missing from her home last week.
Mator found his way home the night they disappeared, but Tinkerbell remained missing for a while. The owner said she was worried because the weather started to change, getting colder with more rain.
On Sunday morning, a turkey hunter spotted the lost dog atop a 75 foot cliff near a waterfall in Elma.
The Elma Dog Control Officer, Spring Brook Volunteer Fire Department and Erie County Sheriff's Office teamed up for a daring animal rescue.
Officials walked 200 yards up a creek to a point they could reach the dog.
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"At that point we hoisted volunteer fireman D.J. Thompson about 10 to 15 feet up a rock face, where he was able to grab onto some trees and get his hands on the dog," a fire official said.
It was Mator who helped lure Tinkerbell toward the rescuers. Rescue crews said they were happy to risk their safety to reunite the pet with her family.
"The animal is helpless. It can't do anything for itself, and everyone involved was extremely happy to stick their neck out and help the animal and help the dog owner," said the fire official.
Most years, flowers or a trip to the movies would be a good gift, but on this Mother's Day, all Julie wanted was her dog back.
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