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Officer: Dog rescued from cliff ledge in park ran away from home

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    Kenai Fjords National Park Ranger John Anderson is shown with Sadie after her rescue from a ledge near a glacier on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Mark Thompson) (The Associated Press)

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    Kenai Fjords National Park Ranger John Anderson is shown with Sadie in his backpack after he and another ranger, Mark Thompson, rescued the dog from a ledge near a glacier on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. (AP Photo/National Park Service, Mark Thompson) (The Associated Press)

A dog rescued from a cliff ledge in Kenai Fjords National Park apparently ran away from home.

Seward, Alaska, animal control officer Shelli McDowell said the people who had adopted Sadie on a trial basis were out of state for a family emergency and left the Labradoodle with a house sitter.

McDowell said they learned Tuesday that Sadie had been missing. McDowell estimated Sadie had probably traveled about 20 miles from home.

Park officials last week started hearing reports of a dog on Exit Glacier and along the Resurrection River. Rangers rescued Sadie on Monday.

McDowell said Sadie is skittish, shy and a runner. McDowell was waiting to see if the family would be able to keep her or if she would have to be placed with someone else.

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