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Dog visiting the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan rescued after falling nearly 30 feet down a cliff, park officials say

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The 4-year-old cocker spaniel-poodle combine named Leo visiting the Miners Fortress landmark together with his Wisconsin household was discovered on a ledge, transferring and limping round on Friday, according to a Saturday news release. He was leashed however slipped out of his collar when he reached the tip of the leash and fell straight down the cliff to a ledge 25 to 30 ft under, the discharge mentioned.

Park rangers within the space arrived on the scene after listening to a toddler scream and ran to the decrease platform to analyze, park officers mentioned.

“Relations reassured Leo to remain put as extra park employees had been known as in, together with a volunteer from the Superior Excessive Angle Rescue Professionals (SHARP) workforce, to rescue the canine from this steep difficult part of Lake Superior shoreline,” the discharge mentioned.

A member of the SHARP workforce from town of Munising, named John Miller, was lowered all the way down to the ledge the place he encountered Leo barking and wagging his tail, however the canine would not method Miller. Nevertheless, after about 25 minutes of coaxing Leo, providing him pet food, bread and Goldfish crackers, he lastly got here to rescuers Miller and Chief Ranger Joe Hughes, the discharge mentioned.

Miller created a makeshift harness from webbing that match Leo and was in a position to get him again on to the “decrease overlook platform” the place he reunited together with his household, officers mentioned.

“The parks shoreline might be very unforgiving from the chilly water to the sheer cliffs and drop offs,” Chief Ranger Joe Hughes mentioned. “By partnering with the extremely educated mountaineering guides on SHARP, we’re in a position to safely impact these kind of excessive angle rescues right here on the park.”

Officers mentioned adventurous canine are quite common on the park, which surrounds the shore of Lake Superior in Alger County, situated in Michigan’s Higher Peninsula.