COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, Ore. – It was a happy ending in the Columbia River Gorge on Thursday when an animal rescue team was able to reach a dog that fell into a ravine.
The dog, named Riley, and its owner were hiking on Wednesday afternoon when the 10-month-old pup fell about 50 feet and got stuck. Riley was not badly hurt but was unable to get out of the ravine.
Members of a special rescue team from the Oregon Humane Society heard about the situation from the sheriff's office and hiked in an hour to help the dog on Thursday morning.
"It's been complete nerves, it's hard to explain. Watching her stuck down there and you can't do anything to help," said Ashley Parsons, the dog's owner, as she watched a rescuer decscend to get Riley. "You're just hoping she's not injured, she hasn't broken a leg."
By afternoon John Thoeni, a volunteer with the humane society's Technical Animal Rescue team rapelled down to Riley. He spent 40 minutes earning the dog's trust before fitting her with a hoist.
Four other volunteer memebers of the team then hoisted Riley back up the ravine.
Team members are trained at rescuing animals from the sides of cliffs and other perilous areas. They are equipped with climbing gear, rescue baskets and a canine first aid kit, an OHS spokesman said.
Riley fell along Oneonta Trail near Multnomah Falls. Humane society officials said RIley was on a leash, but managed to slip when the hikers stopped for lunch.
Video of the rescue:
Live reception in the Gorge isn't great right now, but #OHSTAR rescuers are on Trail no.424 working to save Riley from ledge below trail.— OR Humane Society (@OregonHumane) September 6, 2012
Happening now! OHS on the scene in Columbia Gorge to rescue dog, named Riley, stranded in ravine. Stay tuned for more. twitter.com/OregonHumane/s…— OR Humane Society (@OregonHumane) September 6, 2012