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Utah County Search and Rescue volunteers tried rescuing a dog stranded on a cliff above Provo on Friday. The dog made its own way down after they left.

On Friday, January 6, 2017, volunteer members of the Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) team responded to a situation where a dog was stranded on a cliff in the mountains east of 1500 North in Provo. The dog was reported to have been stranded on the cliff overnight, since Thursday, January 5. One of the volunteers rappelled down to the dog. The dog, whose name is "Mary", was on a narrow ledge at the top of a cliff with a drop of about 50 feet. The volunteer tried getting Mary close and gave her some food, but she was very nervous and would not do any more than take the food. The volunteer tried to take Mar by her collar, but she nipped at him. The volunteer was also concerned that Mary would jump if he got too close. As darkness came SAR decided to leave some food and hand warmers with Mary and resume the rescue effort on Saturday. Sometime later, Friday night or Saturday morning, Mary jumped and was reunited with her owner. Mary suffered some minor cuts to her paws but was otherwise uninjured.

There is a YouTube video of the rescue attempt. It is almost 12 minutes long, but it gives a good idea of exactly the predicament Mary was in. SAR volunteer Shaun Roundy, who posted the video, said this of the rescue effort: "This dog had been stuck on a cliff above Provo overnight, and Utah County SAR nearly rescued it. It had reportedly been abused by previous owners and was extremely skittish. At first, even just sniffing would make it jump. After slowly drawing it near with food and nearly getting a hold on its collar (it broke away), we never got another chance. It seemed quite ready to jump off the 50' cliff rather than let us get that close again. We fed it a package of jerky, a tin of sardines, and some granola bars, left a bag with hand warmers in to sit on, and we'll return tomorrow, perhaps with a net to finish the job. Watch a longer version here: https://youtu.be/3sX8Jvlb1ME UPDATE: we were going to go back for the dog after avalanche training Saturday morning, but just as that ended, an avalanche above Sundance/Aspen Grove buried 7 or 8 people...or so we were told, but after investigating, it appears that no one was buried. In the mean time, we heard that Mary made it off the cliff and back home on her own, somewhat bruised but alive and well."

This is the URL for the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/vTN2Gu0T_Hc

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO