This bull mastiff, named Madison, was found in a location with steep terrain in the Cascade area. She was reunited Sunday with her owners, Lori Davis and Patrick Milligan of Scio, thanks to several good Samaritans and volunteers with Linn County Search and Rescue. (Photo provided by the Linn County Sheriff’s Office)
After 22 days apart, Lori Davis and Patrick Milligan of Scio were reunited Sunday with Madison, their female bull mastiff, thanks to several good Samaritans and volunteers with Linn County Search and Rescue.
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said that the events leading to the reunion started at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday, when his office received a report of a possibly lost hiker in the Cascadia area.
Deputies arrived on the scene and learned that Brian Floro and his girlfriend Julie Foubert, of Lebanon, and her son Scott Foubert of Albany and his girlfriend Rebecca Heuberger of Lebanon had been hiking along the South Santiam River from Latiwi Creek Road. It’s an area the four are familiar with, and at one point, Floro climbed over an obstruction to get a view of a waterfall — and noticed 10-year-old Madison hunkered down on a rock slab.
The weak and hungry dog was in steep terrian with no easy way out, about two miles upstream from the road.
“At first, we thought he was kidding,” Foubert said. “We hadn’t seen anyone all day, let alone a dog out there.”
The slab was joined on three sides by steep rocks, with water on the remaining side.
“She was trapped unless she swam out,” Foubert said. “It would have been very hard for her. She looked pretty rough and she was scared.”