EDMONTON — An Edmonton woman had to be rescued from a steep embankment Thursday night after she tried to protect her three dogs from a pack of coyotes.
Crews were called to Heffernan Drive and Herring Cooper Way around 8 p.m. by a woman who said her dog had been attacked by a coyote.
District Fire Chief Ron Sawchuk says as many as nine coyotes went after the smaller of the woman’s three dogs.
The pup went running down the embankment and ended up stranded on the ice.
“She realized she couldn’t rescue the dog herself because it wasn’t safe,” he said.
“She tried to make her way back up the embankment but she couldn’t.”
It took just over an hour for fire crews to raise the woman to the surface, and about forty minutes more to rescue the female dog from the ice and then up the embankment.
As the injured pup was loaded into an awaiting animal control vehicle.