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Dog stuck on 400-foot cliff rescued by cop using ropes

In this May 23, 3017, photo provided by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State Parks Police Officer Ryan Clancy, escorts "Skippy" just after using a harness and ropes to rescue the dog in Letchworth State Park, near Mount Morris, N.Y. Skippy was stranded about half-way down a 400-cliff in the Genesee River gorge. (Lt. James Hy/New York State Park Police via AP)

MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y. (AP) — A dog stuck about halfway down a 400-foot cliff in a New York gorge has been rescued by a police officer who had to use ropes to reach the stranded canine.

The state parks office says visitors to Letchworth State Park reported hearing a dog barking in the area of the Genesee River gorge known as the Hogsback Overlook, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of Rochester.

State Park Police Sgt. Ryan Clancy was lowered down by ropes Monday and hauled back up with the dog named Skippy, who had gone missing in the park two days earlier.

The 6-year-old hunting hound-border collie mix was returned to his owner, who lives near the park.

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