Dog Rescued After Falling Off 30-Foot Cliff at MI’s Pictured Rocks
A dog had to be rescued recently after falling from a 30-foot cliff at Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula.
It seems that over the past couple of years there have been quite a few accidents involving people falling from cliffs in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, including a 75-year-old man that slipped and fell off a cliff at the Upper Peninsula's Sturgeon River Gorge back in September.
This however, was a different scenario all together.
On July 8th 2022, a family's 4-year-old cocker spaniel-poodle mix named Leo jumped over a railing and fell 25-30 feet down a cliff. He was on a leash but somehow slipped out of his collar prior to falling.
Leo landed on a ledge and was seen moving and limping around. According to ABC 12, park rangers in the area arrived at the scene after hearing a child scream and ran to the lower platform to investigate.
A member of the Superior High Angle Rescue Professionals (SHARP) had to be lowered down to Leo who looked happy to see his rescuer but was too scared to approach him. After roughly 25 minutes and multiple treats Leo was finally rescued.
Chief Ranger Joe Hughes:
The parks shoreline can be very unforgiving from the cold water to the sheer cliffs and drop offs. By partnering with the highly trained mountaineering guides on SHARP, we are able to safely effect these types of high angle rescues here at the park.
Thankfully this story had a happy ending and Leo is back with his family recovering from the scary fall.