Dog Rescued Near Brink of Niagara Falls

July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM EDT

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July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM EDT

LACKAWANNA (WKBW) Lily is a 7 month old border collie terrier mix. Her owner, Ruth Allen lovingly describes her as "very upbeat, very happy, high strung, loves to play, loves to swim, she is just an amazing, incredible dog." Now she has an amazing, incredible story.

Lily was enjoying the 4th of July with her family at Niagara Falls when the fireworks scared her off and into the woods of Goat Island, where she was missing for the last nine days.

"It was hard going to work, coming home and she wasn't there. Because she goes to the door and watches me come in, and it was just gone, like somebody took a piece of me," owner Albert Fields said.

But then Friday afternoon, someone spotted Lily on Little Brother Island, just off the coast of Goat Island. But the only access to the island is through the river, so members of the New York State Park Police Swift Water Rescue Team had to perform a rope rescue, by trekking into the upper rapids to get the dog.

"We were able to, using ropes, make our way onto the island. We located the dog, took some rope, made a safety collar, and using ropes to get back to the mainland, carried the dog back," Lieutenant Clyde Doty of the NYS Parks Police said.

Lily was reunited with her family Friday night, who say they couldn't be happier.

"She came running over and she was jumping on us and kissing us and we were hugging her and kissing her, crying happy tears," Ruth Allen said.

"It was almost as happy as the day I met (Ruth). It was that joyous for me," Albert Fields added.

And after an incredible day for all involved, Lily's family has a message for those who brought them back a member of their family.

"I'd give them hugs and kisses and tell them they're all miracle workers for the risks they took to save her. I could never thank them enough," Ruth Allen said.