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

The 4-year-old Cocker-Poodle mix named Leo visiting the Miners Castle monument with his family from Wisconsin was found on a ledge moving and limping on Friday, according to a Saturday news release. He was on a leash but slipped off his collar when he reached the end of the leash and fell straight down the cliff to a ledge 25 to 30 feet below, the statement said.

Area park rangers arrived on the scene after hearing a screaming child and ran to the lower platform to investigate, park officials said.

« Family members reassured Leo to stay put as additional park staff were called in, along with a volunteer from the Senior Heights Rescue Professionals (SHARP) team, to rescue the dog from this steep and convoluted section of Lake Superior shoreline, » the statement read. .

A member of the SHARP team from the town of Munising, named John Miller, was lowered to the ledge where he encountered Leo barking and wagging his tail, but the dog would not approach Miller. However, after about 25 minutes of coaxing Leo, offering him dog food, bread and Goldfish crackers, he finally came to lifeguards Miller and Chief Ranger Joe Hughes, the statement said.

Miller created a makeshift harness from straps that fit Leo and was able to bring him back to the « lower overhang platform » where he reunited with his family, officials said.

“Parks coastline can be very unforgiving, from cold water to steep cliffs and drop-offs,” Chief Ranger Joe Hughes said. « By partnering with SHARP’s highly trained mountaineering guides, we are able to safely perform these types of high altitude rescues here at the park. »

Officials said adventurous dogs are very common in the park, which circles the shore of Lake Superior in Alger County, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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