GALICE, Ore. — After receiving multiple reports about a dog seen stuck in Hell Gate Canyon, officers from Josephine County attempted to reach it — but to no avail, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).
Beginning a little over a week ago, Josephine County Animal Care received reports about a "reddish-brown medium-sized dog" that was stuck on the south bank of the Rogue River in Hell Gate Canyon.
"Most of the reports list the dog as being on the opposite side of the canyon below the viewpoint," the Josephine County Sheriff's Office said.
After trying multiple times to locate the fabled dog of Hell Gate, animal care officers (ACO) Milligan and Handley spotted it on Thursday on a rocky point on the opposite side of the canyon, below the first viewpoint.
ACO Handley stayed at the viewpoint to keep eyes on the dog, while ACO Milligan hiked toward it from the opposite side. Meanwhile, JCSO said that a local fisherman in a drift boat moved to assist in getting the canine.
However, the dog had other ideas.
"Despite hiking several miles, and the efforts of the citizens with the drift boat, the dog would not allow anyone near it," JCSO said. "After several minutes of attempting to gain the trust of the animal, the dog ran into the woods and could not be relocated."
The agency said that attempts to locate and catch the dog are ongoing, but the tough terrain has hampered progress. According to JCSO, the dog "may be injured and show mild signs of aggression," and anyone who sees or catches the dog should contact Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Animal Care Division at 541-474-5123.