NEWBERG, Ore. — A search and rescue dog with Mountain Wave Search and Rescue fell 30 feet off a cliff while on a hike with her handler and survived.
KPTV reports Friday that Opal, a yellow Labrador, has multiple fractures in her paws after falling on a trail above Siletz Bay earlier in the week.
She was hiking with her handler, Barbara Linder, when she ran ahead and took a leap and landed far below the trail on sharp rocks.
The vet says it’s amazing the 4-year-old dog wasn’t injured more severely and credits her fitness from working as a search and rescue dog.
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Opal will need six to 12 months of rehabilitation before she can work again.
The dog has been volunteering with Mountain Wave since 2014.
Information from: KPTV-TV, http://www.kptv.com/