Dogs rescued after 175-foot tumble down bluff along Clackamas River

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EAGLE CREEK -- John Grady was fixing a hole today in his storm-damaged fence, which traces the edge of a bluff high above the Clackamas River, northwest of Estacada. He was shocked to see his two golden retrievers tumbling down the steep 175-foot slope toward the rushing water below.

It took two hours and a good deal of effort for them to be reunited. The dogs, surprisingly, were little the worse for wear.

"Oh, they're fine now," said Grady, 51.
"One's limping a little bit, but he'll be fine. They're still stupid, though."

Apparently, the dogs -- 10-year-old Doug and 8-year-old George -- went out to see what Grady was doing, then slipped through the hole in the fence when he wasn't looking. Somehow, they wandered out onto an unstable lip at the edge of the bluff, across the river from Milo McIver State Park, and plunged down to a narrow, rugged stretch of riverbank not connected to any trails.

That's when neighbor Dustin Shatner sprang into action, sliding and skidding down the slope to the dogs. He then tried to comfort them.

"They were a little shaken up," said Shatner, 20. "They didn't know what happened or what was going on."

Meanwhile, Clackamas County Sheriff's Marine Unit deputies, Estacada Fire and Clackamas Fire District 1 crews to raced to the scene to rescue the dogs. They retrieved the retrievers, unharmed, along with Shatner, who suffered only a few scratches to his arm.

Dogs rescued after 175-foot tumble down bluff along Clackamas River | OregonLive.com
 
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Im glad everyones ok, but it sure ticks me off that tax money is spent and lives are at risk to save animals.
 
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Sweet - Shatner's the shizner's in my book.

Not sure how else they coulda been rescued from there BT? I understand the costs - but what do ya do in that situation?
 
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