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Miracle dog survives 200ft plunge

Published 20/09/2010 | 14:33

Lassie shortly after she survived falling 200 feet off a cliff in Devon
Lassie shortly after she survived falling 200 feet off a cliff in Devon

A dog has fallen 200ft off a sheer cliff and survived.

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Four-year-old Lassie needed emergency surgery to fix broken and dislocated bones, which could have prevented her from walking again.

The rough collie is now back on all four paws following the fall at Sandy Bay, Devon, during a half-term holiday.

Owner Jackie, 49, from Bristol, who did not want to give her surname, recalled: "We were taking Lassie for a walk along the coastline, as we had every day, and the next thing we knew she'd disappeared off the edge of the cliff. She was literally there one minute and gone the next - we think she must have been chasing a seagull."

Frantic with worry, Jackie and her family searched all night for their beloved dog but found no sign of her. At first light the next morning, they set off searching again and eventually discovered she had been taken to a local vet after being found injured on the beach.

Jackie and 10-year-old daughter Shannon stayed with Lassie until she was stable enough to be moved, and then they took her straight to their local PDSA PetAid hospital for treatment.

Veterinary surgeon Manolo Gonzalez, who treated Lassie, said: "I've worked for PDSA for over 12 years but this is one of the most amazing cases I've ever seen.

"Unsurprisingly, Lassie had some serious injures including a badly broken back leg, a severely dislocated front leg and lots of cuts and bruises. But I'm amazed she survived such a fall without internal injuries; she was extremely lucky."

Amazingly, after just a few days, Lassie was allowed to go home, with instructions that she must have strict bed rest.

Jackie said: "Her recovery has been incredible - but I wish I could go back in time and put her lead on to prevent the accident. I never imagined something like this would happen and I'll never take that risk again."

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