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Dog rescue: Pup survives 200-foot fall in the Columbia River Gorge

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A woman hiking in the Columbia River Gorge thought her dog was killed when it plummeted 200 feet down an embankment.

However, not only did the young pup named Gracie survive, but she was hardly hurt.

A 10-person volunteer rescue team from the Oregon Humane Society responded to the area of Punchbowl Falls to rescue Gracie late Sunday night.

The dog's owner, Michelle Simmons, said they were part of a large hiking group that included two dogs. Around 4:30 p.m., Gracie and the other dog began playing on the trail and Gracie went over the side of a cliff.

Gracie is a 1-year-old labradoodle.

"We kept hearing her rolling and rolling and heard her hit on the ground and she yelped out and we didn't hear anything after that," Simmons said. "We thought we had lost her."

The group of hikers, which included children, were shocked. Simmons said many people were crying.

They notified authorities about what had happened and then decided to remember Gracie with a makeshift memorial service, which included sharing their favorite memories of the dog.

As they prepared to leave, another hiker came rushing toward them, yelling, "she's alive, she's alive."

The hiker had spotted Gracie.

PHOTOS: Dog rescued after 200-foot fall in the Gorge

The Oregon Humane Society Technical Rescue Team hiked one hour up the steep Eagle Creek Trail to begin the rescue operation. One of the volunteers was lowered down the 200-foot cliff, where he fitted Gracie with a rescue harness.

The team then hoisted the pair back up the cliff. They all hiked out, with Gracie able to walk on her own and appearing to have only suffered scratches and bruises, at about 12:30 a.m.

Gracie was then taken to the Humane Society for treatment. Her X-rays showed no serious injuries.

"She was barking, wagging her tail," Simmons said. "She ate, she drank. It was a miracle."

For more information on the OHS Technical Rescue Team, which is supported entirely by donations to the Humane Society, visit

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