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.