National Park

Dog Visiting Michigan State Park Rescued After Falling From Cliff

MUNISING, Michigan – A dog visiting a Michigan national park was rescued after jumping over a railing and falling about 30 feet from a cliff over the weekend.

The National Park Service said the incident happened Friday at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

In a news release, park rangers near Miners Castle, one of the park’s famous landmarks, heard a child screaming and went to investigate.

There they found a 4-year-old cocker-poodle mix named Leo on a ledge, shifting and limping.

According to the statement, Leo was on a leash but slipped off his collar after reaching the end of it while falling.

Officials said Leo’s family, who came from Wisconsin, reassured the dog to stay put so he could be rescued.

A volunteer from the Superior Heights Rescue Professionals (SHARP) team, John Miller, was lowered to the dog, which was barking and wagging its tail but wouldn’t come to Miller, officials said.

However, after about 25 minutes during which Leo was persuaded and offered dog food, bread and Goldfish crackers, the dog came to see Miller and Chief Ranger Joe Hughes, park officials said.

Using a makeshift webbing harness that fits Leo, Miller could get back with the dog on the lower platform and reunite Leo with his family, according to the statement.

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-angle rescues here at the park.”

The statement says Leo’s family plans to buy him a harness.