A dog are in the middle of a 400 meter cliff in the north of the state of New York gap Monday had to be rescued by a police officer who had to use a harness and ropes to the stranded canine.
The New York State Parks office said visitors to Letchworth State Park reported the dog barking in the gorge area of Hogsback Views along the Genesee River, located about 30 km southwest of Rochester.
Officials said State Park Police Sgt. Ryan Clancy was brought down by ropes and hauled back up with the dog named Skippy, who was missing in the park two days earlier.
The rescue took place in an area where the gap is “very steep and wooded for about 200 meters before the transitions to a steep vertical slate wall a few hundred metres to the bottom”, according to the Parks office.
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Park Police worked with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office to try to make use of a drone in an attempt to figure out Skippy, but the forest was too dense to find the dog. Sgt. Clancy was lowered and brought back up with the dogs in tow.
“This rescue is an important reminder of the selflessness, dedication and teamwork of the men and women charged with keeping New Yorkers and those who visit our great park of the state of the system is safe,” State Park Police Chief David Page said in a statement. “All the people who visit State Parks or their beloved pet, these officials, to train and risk their lives to help others and to serve New York.”
The 6-year-old hunting hound-border collie mix was returned to his owner, who lives in the vicinity of the park, with only a small cuts and scratches.