The 3-year-old animal, who was visiting Michigan with her Minnesota-based owners, was rescued "cold but alive"
A scenic walk in Michigan almost turned deadly for a 3-year-old dog after she fell off a 60-foot cliff.
Dancer was enjoying a scenic stroll with her Minnesota-based family at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Wednesday evening when she got free of her leash, the National Park Service (NPS) said in a news release on Thursday. She proceeded to fall 60 feet from a cliff near Minors Castle and onto a ledge below.
According to NPS, Dancer's owners searched for their pet for hours but were unable to find her in the dark and eventually assumed she was dead.
Park rangers were notified of the incident and contacted Superior High Angle Rescue Professionals (SHARP), a rope rescue team, to help find the dog, thought to be somewhere near a dangerous section of Lake Superior's shoreline.
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"SHARP members Erik Olsen, Westley Shaffer and Tyler Davis went to the area the following morning and were able to locate a cold, but alive Dancer," the NPS statement said.
Dancer, who is sometimes affectionately called a "professional troublemaker" by her owners, was reunited with her family and is recovering well from her ordeal.
“With this year’s mild start to winter, many areas of Pictured Rocks are more accessible than they are most years,” Chief Ranger Joe Hughes reminded Michigan residents in the statement. “It is still important to remember to be prepared for slippery, cold conditions that can change quickly.”
When the workers got word that temperatures in the area were going to plunge as low as 20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit), they knew they weren't going to be able to house all 300 of the dogs in their care since some lived in outdoor kennels.
The shelter put out a call for help on a Friday in early January and were able to temporarily re-home 120 dogs, keeping all of the animals safe during the cold spell.
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