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."
Looping his arms through Oreo's chest harness, Boustany wrapped the dog in "a kind of bear hug" and flew her back up to the top of the cliff. She and her owner -- who was "stoked," according to the Press Democrat -- were reunited within three minutes of Boustany's rescue.