Two recent dog rescues in the Hudson Valley in Minnewaska State Park has sparked debates on whether hikers can allow pups to roam freely or have them leashed at all times.

In early October, a small cockapoo named Liza fell and became trapped in a rocky wall’s crevice while off leash in the park. The dog spent five days in the crevice, surviving by licking water off its wall.

Park officials noted that leashing rules aren’t an inconvenience; they’re in place for the safety of all involved.


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