A dog who found herself stuck on the side of a 90-foot cliff in Northern California over the weekend is now home safely with her owner, after a deputy sheriff from the Sonoma County Sheriff's office repelled from a helicopter to rescue the trapped canine.
Oreo, a black Labrador retriever, fell down on a walk with her owner near Portuguese Beach, landing on a two-foot-wide ledge and unable to move without falling. After the dog's owner was unable to coax Oreo back up the hill, she called 911 -- prompting Deputy Sheriff Henri Boustany to fly to Oreo's rescue by helicopter. Boustany attached himself to a 100-foot "long line" and lowered himself to the ledge where Oreo had landed.
Boustany, worried that Oreo might respond badly to a stranger attempting to rescue her, repelled to the ledge prepared to deal with a hostile dog. Instead, the Lab seemed thrilled to see him.
"The dog and I got to know each other real quick," Boustany told the Press Democrat. "I think the dog just wanted to be out of there."