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St. Bernard-cross puppies rescued off B.C. cliff are ‘doing great’

Click to play video: 'Checking in on the puppies saved by Mission Search and rescue' Checking in on the puppies saved by Mission Search and rescue
Global News went to visit the St. Bernard cross puppies that were plucked from the side of a steep hill by Mission search and rescue volunteers – Oct 29, 2018

A pair of St. Bernard-cross puppies who were rescued after being stranded for four days atop a Fraser Valley cliff are now recovering well.

They are in the care of the B.C. SPCA at its Maple Ridge branch.

“The puppies are doing great,” branch manager Krista Shaw told Global News.

“They’ve been seen by a vet and given a clear bill of health. They are very hungry and very thirsty.”

READ MORE: Pair of puppies rescued after four days atop Fraser Valley cliff in Mission

The two female puppies, believed to be 16 weeks old, were rescued by Mission Search and Rescue on Sunday after neighbours heard them howling on the steep embankment for days.

It’s not known who owns the puppies or how they became stranded on the cliff.

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PHOTOS: By Grace Ke / Global News

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The ownership of the two Saint Bernard cross puppies is unclear, but a veterinarian said their nails had been recently clipped. Grace Ke / Global News
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The ownership of the two Saint Bernard cross puppies is unclear, but a veterinarian said their nails had been recently clipped. Grace Ke / Global News
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Search and Rescue volunteers with Mission SAR carry two lost puppies out of the backcountry. Judy Kenzie
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One of two 16-week-old puppies rescued from a cliff in Mission, B.C. Grace Ke / Global News
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The ownership of the two St. Bernard cross puppies is unclear, but a veterinarian said their nails had been recently clipped. Grace Ke / Global News
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The ownership of the two St. Bernard cross puppies is unclear, but a veterinarian said their nails had been recently clipped. Grace Ke / Global News

WATCH: A Mission Search and Rescue team comes to the aid of two dogs that somehow ended up stranded on a cliff. As Grace Ke reports, they carried out the rescue, even though rescuing animals is outside their mandate.

Click to play video: 'Puppies stranded for days on a rural Mission cliff are finally rescued' Puppies stranded for days on a rural Mission cliff are finally rescued
Puppies stranded for days on a rural Mission cliff are finally rescued – Oct 28, 2018

Right now, the puppies are on a four-day “stray hold,” meaning they are not available for adoption and the public cannot come and see them.

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“After the four-day stray hold, if they are still here, then they become available for adoption,” added Shaw.

If they do go up for adoption, the puppies are going to need an experienced owner.

“They are about 16 weeks right now and they are already very large so they are going to be very, very big dogs,” Shaw said.

“These puppies are a handful, (but) they are absolutely having a time here.”

If they become available for adoption, people will be able to apply through the B.C. SPCA adoption process.

—With files from Simon Little

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