If there ever was a reason to remember to keep your dog on a leash when hiking, check out Kenny, a one-and-a-half-year-old German shepherd, husky and Labrador retriever mix, who fell off the ledge of a cliff along the Columbia River Gorge trail as he chased a squirrel late last week.
According to Today.com, Kenny is recovering, although his human partner has had to spend over $13,000 in surgical procedures for his precocious canine companion.
Kenny dropped 150 feet into the water, and was rescued by Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue team (OHSTAR). Team member, Jennifer Stangel was lowered into the canyon by a rope pulley system; the hardest part was freeing Kenny, who had been wedged into a crevice.
The Oregon Humane Society team performed the rescue after midnight, and it took several hours to finally get Kenny back to safe ground. The organization’s press release described the October 17 rescue event:
“The dog’s owner, Mark Winan, was present during the rescue and was incredibly glad and grateful that his dog survived. Winan wasn’t present when Kenny fell off the cliff. His roommate took Kenny out for a hike and the dog fell chasing a squirrel over the edge of the cliff. Winan brought Kenny to Dove Lewis as he appears to have suffered possible fractured front legs plus other injuries. The dog remained alert throughout the entire rescue.”
Winans is extremely grateful for the rescue and intends to donate any extra funds to the OHS raised through a GiveForward campaign to help pay for Kenny’s expensive medical care.
“There’s a lot people who wouldn’t have done it, because of how dangerous the conditions were. They were extremely courageous to basically put their own lives on the line to get to him. It would have been really easy to say, ‘Let’s wait until morning, and come back when it’s daylight,’ but they did it [that night]. … Everybody was kind of like, ‘There’s no way he should have survived that fall.’ It’s a miracle.”
Kenny suffered two broken legs and a punctured lung. He is expected to make a full recovery, however according to Winan, one of the dog’s legs needed a fusion which will probably change his running gait.
On October 7, the OHS Technical Animal Rescue Team rescued Gracie, a Goldendoodle, who had fallen over the 200-foot cliff fall at Punchbowl Falls in Columbia River Gorge. OHS Technical Team member Bruce Wyse used a harness and was lowered down. He was able to harness Gracie and bring her up. Miraculously, the dog only suffered minor injuries.
Read more about her miraculous rescue by these amazing people.
“OHS spokesman David Lytle emphasized that, despite a dog walker’s best intentions, even a leashed dog can escape a person’s grasp. He encouraged people not only to tie leashes to their belts as a precautionary measure, but also to train canines to learn a “recall command” that can be even more powerful than a dog’s natural instincts.”
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