Sandy the labrador suffered minor injuries from the fall and was able to walk away from the accident

By Associated Press
Updated December 29, 2014 08:30 PM

A yellow labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike through the Columbia Gorge in Portland, Oregon, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by a climber who rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped.

David Schelske of West Linn told the Oregon Humane Society that when 3-year-old Sandy bounded around a bend and disappeared he figured her for a goner.

He hiked to the bottom of the cliff and saw her stranded on a narrow ledge 70 feet above.

At about 7 p.m., an eight-person crew helped Humane Society volunteer John Thoeni descend.

He fitted a rescue harness on the frightened dog, and the two were hoisted to safety. Sandy suffered minor injuries but walked out to the trailhead. RELATED: Heroes Among Us: The Most Moving Stories of 2014