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Dog's rescue is Xmas present

A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in the Columbia Gorge in Oregon, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by a climber who rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped.

David Schelske of West Linn told the Oregon Humane Society that when 3-year-old Sandy bounded around a bend and disappeared, he figured she was a goner.

He hiked to the bottom of the cliff and saw her on a narrow ledge 70 feet above. About 7 p.m., an eight-person crew helped Humane Society volunteer John Thoeni descend.

He fitted a rescue harness on the frightened dog, and the two were hoisted to safety. - AP