A search and rescue dog with Mountain Wave Search and Rescue fell 30 feet off a cliff while on a hike with her handler and survived.
KPTV reports that Opal, a yellow Labrador, has multiple fractures in her paws after falling on a trail above Siletz Bay earlier in the week.
She was hiking with her handler, Barbara Linder, when she ran ahead and took a leap and landed far below the trail on sharp rocks.
Opal, one of our search and rescue dogs fell 30 feet off a cliff yesterday sustaining multiple fractures. She is doing OK tonight. Treatment & rehab will be very expensive & a Go Fund Me account has been setup to help Barb & K9 Opal. Please help if you canhttps://t.co/63b96Fq8pD pic.twitter.com/nVn4IQaA0v— Mountain Wave SAR (@MountainWaveSAR) February 23, 2018
"As a team we’re pretty close. We train together all the time. We go on missions together. So when one of our dogs gets hurt, you really feel it throughout the whole team. So it’s pretty devastating," said Terri Hines of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue.
The vet says it’s amazing the 4-year-old dog wasn’t injured more severely and credits her fitness from working as a search and rescue dog.
Opal will require surgery to place rods and pins to repair the damage done to her leg and she will need six to 12 months of rehab before she can work again.
The dog has been volunteering with Mountain Wave since 2014.
A GoFundMe account was created for Opal to pay for hospital bills. It has raised over $13,000.
"She was truly made for this job and it shows in her energy and happiness out in the field. She deserves a chance to heal and make a difference in the lives of others," the GoFundMe reads.