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

FILE - In this June 21, 2006, file photo, a message is seen painted on a rock wall overlooking Letchworth State Park in Castile, N.Y. A dog stuck about half-way down a 400-foot cliff in the park was rescued on May 22, 2017, by a police officer who had to use ropes to reach the stranded canine. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

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.