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Oregon search and rescue dog falls 30 feet, survives

February 23, 2018

This photo provided by Barb Linder shows her dog, Opal, resting at home with a cast on her leg in Newberg, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Opal, a yellow Labrador that has worked as a search and rescue dog for Mountain Wave Search and Rescue since 2014, sustained multiple fractures in her paws after falling on a trail above Siletz Bay on the Oregon coast earlier in the week. Opal will need six to 12 months of rehabilitation before she can work again. (Barb Linder via AP)

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — 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.

Opal will need six to 12 months of rehabilitation before she can work again.

The dog has been volunteering with Mountain Wave since 2014.

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Information from: KPTV-TV, http://www.kptv.com/

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