Dog rescued after 150-foot fall on Gorge trail

Dog rescued after 150-foot fall on Gorge trail

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 6, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 6:13 PM

PORTLAND - A puppy was rescued after falling 150 feet over a cliff in the Columbia River Gorge.

"Riley" got too close to a ledge while with his owner on a hike on the Oneonta trail Wednesday. The dog got stuck in a ravine by Triple Falls.

Photos: Dog rescue in Gorge

Owner Ashley parson called for help, but rescue crews couldn't come out until daylight.

Thursday afternoon, a rescuer from the Oregon Humane Society Technical Rescue team was lowered down a cliff to get to the hound mix puppy. It took about half an hour before the dog got comfortable with rescuers - then was fitted into a harness and pulled up.

After 19 hours, Parson finally got her puppy back.

"Just hold her, hug her, I think I'm going to try to carry her the whole way, take her home, get her lots of food and maybe get her a new toy, just have a really relaxing afternoon with her. She deserves it," Parson said.

Parson said she learned a big lesson -- always keep your dog on a leash.

KGW Reporter Katherine Cook contributed to this report

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