Sunday 25 September 2016

Pet dog is 'lucky chap' after surviving cliff plunge unharmed

Published 27/06/2016 | 14:36

RSPCA Inspector Beccy Wadey with Jack
RSPCA Inspector Beccy Wadey with Jack

A dog that plunged 150ft from a cliff while chasing a rabbit was rescued and reunited with his owners two days later.

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Jack, a nine-year-old Jack Russell, was on the South Devon coast path in Noss Mayo, near Plymouth, on Wednesday when he went over the edge.

The following day, a group of local coasteerers - who explore rocky coastlines by jumping off cliffs - spotted Jack trapped in an inaccessible cove 150ft below.

They called the RSPCA and coastguard rescue teams managed to bring the nervous but unharmed dog up the cliff in an animal bag.

RSPCA Inspector Beccy Wadey scanned Jack for a microchip and reached his owners, who are from Ludlow but were staying in North Tawton, Devon.

He was reunited with them at RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter in Exeter on Friday, having spent a night at the vet.

Inspector Wadley said it was "extremely fortunate" that Jack was spotted as he would not have survived without being rescued.

"It just goes to show the importance of microchipping your dog as we were able to reunite him with his owners straight away," she added.

"He didn't have a scratch on him which was remarkable, he is a lucky little chap.

"It was great team working between the public, ourselves and the coastguard to ensure the safety of Jack."

Nic Longsdale, of the UK Coastguard, advised owners to keep their dogs on leads while walking on cliff paths.

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