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Dog Saved After Being Stuck on Cliff

Hopatcong police are still hoping to get in touch with owner as no collar was found.

A dog is safe and waiting to be picked up by its owner after a Hopatcong Animal Control officer saved the dog from falling off a cliff on Saturday, according to Hopatcong Police Lt. Thomas Kmetz.

Police are unsure of who the dog, a Cattle dog mix, belongs to as it was not found with a collar or dog tags.

According to Kmetz, officers responded to a report of a dog stuck on a cliff on Daydream Lane that was apparently howling all night. Police found the dog to be on a small ledge between 75 and 100 feet up the face of the rock. 

An officer attempted to reach the dog but was unable and called Animal Control Officer Dale Sloat to respond. When Sloat arrived, he tied rope to a tree and around his waist before climbing down the cliff to grab the dog with a noose. He was able to capture the dog, but it then got away.

The dog was found on Sunday on a dock on Pitney Road and brought to the Hopatcong Pound. Police said Friday the dog remains in the pound until the owner comes forward.

Anyone who thinks the dog may be theirs should contact Sloat at 973-398-5000.

Koren Böstrom December 22, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Great job Dake!! Does the dog by any chance answer to "Harley"? Looks like a neighbor's dog.
Judy Caruso December 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
You're a good man Dale!!! Thank you for all you do and merry Christmas!!!!!
Judy December 23, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Thank you Dale!
Rich Smith December 24, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Again, nice job Dale. What a guy! You know, they are looking for a “Hopatcong Person of the Year.” Don’t know if Dale fits all of the requirements about having the most influence on the news but he sure is an outstanding person. Check out those pictures, that is a “daring rescue”.
S. Coventry December 24, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Thank you Dale you are truly a Blessing to our community and to all the "critters". Doesn't seem quite enough just to say thank you, because you always go above and beyond to help those in need. Have a very Merry Christmas !

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