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Monday 11 December 2017

Dog stranded on cliff for three days is reunited with owner

Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A DOG that fell off the side of a cliff where he remained for almost three days has been reunited with its owner.

Shandon had run off while out walking with his owner David O'Connor (69) on the Fogher Cliffs in Valentia Island in Co Kerry on Saturday.

The two-and-a-half-year-old beagle is a beloved family pet and Mr O'Connor was very anxious to get him back.

"I was very worried about him of course but even more worried someone else would fall off the cliff looking for him," his relieved owner told

Shannon was found in a crevice on the cliff face approximately 150 metres down.

His owner could hear him from the cliff top but could not see him.

He was rescued by volunteers from the Knightstown Coastguard Unit who had been contacted by Suzanne Gibbons from the Animal Heaven Animal Rescue (AHAR) charity in Castleisland who had been alerted by Mr O'Connor's friend and neighbour Bobby Burton.

Ms Gibbons had threatened to scale the cliff face herself to rescue the dog because she was told the coastguard could only come to the rescue of people.

The RNLI Lifeboat provided assistance from the sea.

Knightstown Coastguard volunteer Alan O'Sullivan managed to enter the crevice and was able to hand the dog out to fellow volunteer Pat O'Driscoll.

They were then able to put a rope around the dog's neck and lead it back up to the top of the cliff where he was reunited with his owner.

Shandon didn't seem any worse for wear after his ordeal although he looked delighted to be back on terra firma.

"I'll take him home now and dry him and feed him and then he can spend the night in front of the fire," his owner said.

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