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DAMASCUS, Ore. -- A dog missing since New Year's Day has been reunited with his owner after being rescued from a ravine southeast of Portland.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Damascus police Officer Jerry Rippe responded Monday to a report that man heard a dog whimpering in the woods near a restaurant.

Rippe found the dog named Sampson. The 5-year-old lab mix was down a small ravine, trapped by rocks.

The officer removed his patrol gear, put on a helmet and knee pads, and climbed down the ravine to rescue Sampson.

The dog's owner, Greg Herbst, searched for Sampson every day during the disappearance.

Fliers were made and a Facebook post alerted people to be on the lookout for the missing dog.

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