Twelve-year-old Bandit was out for a morning stroll with his owner in the Gristmill Park area of Rancho Cordova. Part of the trail gave out, sending Bandit down the hillside into some thick bushes, said Capt. Jon Rudnicki.
His owner realized he could not get to Bandit so firefighters arrived to execute a rescue. Firefighters carefully made their way to the dog and placed him in a basket.
The frightened pooch snapped at the firefighters, so a towel was placed over his head to protect them from a bite, according to Rudnicki. The basket was slid up the hill and then Bandit was carried to the owner's car.