The Upper Ojai Search and Rescue was sent to help rescue Lusha, and they set out at around 9 a.m. on April 23rd.
“SAR team members hiked approximately 4.5 miles east on the Sespe Creek Trail and located Lusha and her owner on the opposite side of the creek, near Bear Creek Campground,” The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office explained in a press release.
Upper Ojai Search and Rescue; pictured above members of the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue transport Lusha out of the area
“SAR team members utilized a Litter Trail Wheel to transport Lusha on the trail with the intent of getting her home.”
“The Litter Trail Wheel is a lightweight stretcher, attached to an oversized all-terrain wheel used to transport injured hikers on trails and over other rough terrain.”
“The Litter Trail Wheel proved to be the perfect tool for the 80lb canine, who sat patiently on the stretcher for the duration of the 4.5-mile hike back to the trailhead.”
Upper Ojai Search and Rescue; pictured above members of the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue help Lusha through a stream
“Yesterday, the team was called on to assist an injured hiker. Lusha, an 8-year-old, 80 pound Rottweiler, had an injured paw and could not return to the trailhead,” Upper Ojai Search and Rescue said in a Facebook post.
“Six team members used a wheeled litter to assist Lusha almost 5 miles back to the trailhead. She was a very good girl, and seemed happy for the help.”
Upper Ojai Search and Rescue; pictured above rescuers get Lusha back to safety