Crews rescue dog that fell down bluffs near Washington city

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Crews rescued a partially blind dog that fell about 300 feet down a bluff near Port Angeles on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

The Clallam County Sheriff's Office says its search and rescue team responded Sunday evening to a report that a dog had fallen through thick brush in its backyard, which sits on the edge of bluffs overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Sgt. Randy Pieper says a rescuer was lowered by rope about 300 feet down. He says she wrapped the small dog in a blanket and tucked it into her jacket before both were hoisted up in the darkness to safety. The dog was unhurt.

He says the dog's owner, the poet Tess Gallagher, helped rescuers zero in on the animal in the darkness by calling its name. Gallagher is the widow of writer and poet Raymond Carver, who is buried Port Angeles.

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