Dog Bolts From Owner In Joshua Tree National Park; Found A Day Later; ‘Onyx’ Now Back Home

A large black Doberman named Onyx has been rescued from a ledge in Joshua Tree National Park.

The dog’s owner, 28 year old Christian Corona of Chino Hills, went to the restroom while hiking  Saturday June 8th 2024, and the dog ran off.

Park rangers and members of the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue Team rescued the dog stuck on a ledge near Jumbo Rocks Campground on Sunday June 9th.

The dog was dehydrated when rescue teams found it.

The dog was then taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms,  which contacted the owner after seeing social media posts about a dog missing in Joshua Tree National Park.

Park rangers issued the owner a violation notice for allowing the dog to wander around without a leash.  

Park rules stipulate that all pets must be on a leash and with their owner at all times and are not allowed on hiking trails in the Park.  

Summer conditions in the Park can be deadly for pets due to increased temperatures, an average ground temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, wildlife encounters, and sharp cacti. Park rangers recommend leaving pets at home during harsh summer conditions. 


Black Lab ‘Onyx’ Rescue In Joshua Tree National Park.

Photo from Riverside County Animal Services Dept June 2024