Rescuers find missing hiker, dog near Trillium Lake after friend calls 911

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CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – Search-and-rescue teams on Friday found a lost hiker who went missing while hiking with her dog and a friend near Trillium Lake.

Catherine Howell, 72, was hiking with her dog, named Early, when the dog ran off, prompting Howell to split from her friend to try to find the animal.

Howell’s friends went back to the car and found Early waiting there, but then the dog ran off again, according to authorities.

Howell did not return to the car, prompting the friend to call 911.

Search-and-rescue teams combed the trail system and found Howell less than a mile up the trail with her dog. Rescuers then helped Howell and her dog down the trail and back to the parking lot. Both were tired but uninjured, according to authorities.

Howell, an experienced hiker, told searchers she had taken a wrong turn but had gotten back on the main trail and was trying to get find her way out when rescuers found her.

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Frederick Fukov

This is what you get with humans who insist on letting their dogs run their lives, instead of the other way around. There's a thing called a leash, try using one. File this one under "Just another idiot pet owner."

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