Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day News:
State Park Police rescue Achilles the labrador from Letchworth Park gorge

LETCHWORTH STATE PARK — A dog is recovering after taking a dangerous fall Sunday evening. State Park Police responded about 5 p.m. after a 3-year-old black labrador named Achilles fell 150 to 250 feet into the Genesee River gorge.

The dog survived, but was stranded, Park Police said. The Genesee High Angle Rope Rescue Team responded to locate and save the canine.Sgt. Phil Nesbitt and Officer James Marzec, along with the help of many others, went over the gorge wall and down to rescue Achilles, Park Police said. He was returned to the owner and taken to an emergency vet for treatment of a broken rear leg and other minor injuries.

Achilles was described as other otherwise healthy, and Park Police are crediting those involved for good work in the rescue. Achilles was reportedly on a leash at the time but broke free of his owner while going down a hill. Dog rescues aren’t necessarily unusual at Letchworth State Park.

State Park police have stressed the hazards of leaving dogs unleashed over the years at the park along with the dangers of leaving established trails or ignoring safety barriers in general. Officers typically respond to several animal rescues annually. People and animals have also been injured or died in tragedies over the years.

Recent rescues have also included a beagle named Jossie in October 2019.

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