Dog trapped amidst blackberry thorns and other brush is rescued Monday afternoon in Canby

DEBORAH GUINTHER - Rescuers check on the health of the 30-pound female dog they pulled out of a ravine by the Lochs Mobile Home Park in Canby.A lost and frightened male dog was rescued Monday afternoon at the Village on the Lochs Mobile Home Park in Canby.

The dog, weighing about 30 pounds, was found trapped at the bottom of a hillside that was covered in blackberry bushes, poison oak and other debris for what neighbors say had been eight days.

A crew from the Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue unit arrived Monday and began the process of rescuing the dog. Dressed in climbing gear, with a backpack and cutting tools, team leader Virginia Krakowiak descended down the hillside, cutting her way through the brush as she made her way down.

DEBORAH GUINTHER - The rescue team that hauled the lost dog out were: (from left) Nicole Broder, team leader Virginia Krakowwiak, Maddi Mattecheck, Stefan Matthaeus, and drong operator Mike Borden.

After descending about 75 feet, Krakowiak found the dog, who needed to be cut out of the brambles that had ensnared it.

Eventually, free of the snare, the dog was put into a harness and hoisted to safety at last. In all, the rescue took 45 minutes once the dog had been located.

Neighbors said they had contacted animal control earlier and were told it best to "let nature take its course." Not satisfied with that response, the concerned citizens then contacted OHSTAR, which responded Monday.

The dog had been whining for some time, then became quiet, which had worried folks in the area. Fortunately, this story has a happy ending.

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