As the warmer weather approaches, and more and more dog owners are exploring the UK's coastlines, Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, are reminding owners to keep their dog on a lead near cliffs to keep them safe.
Runa Hanaghan, Deputy Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust says:
“We would advise all dog owners to keep dogs on a lead when on cliff paths as a protective measure. It can be tempting to let your dog walk off lead, especially if that’s what they are used to and they are well trained, but keeping your dog on a lead can protect both you and your pet.”
The team was paged at about 5.10pm yesterday (Saturday) and told to head to Brean Down, where the dog was pulled from the water. The dog suffered only a few scratches despite the hefty fall and was returned to its relieved owner. Crewman Paul Sargent said “This was a positive outcome to a potentially life-threatening situation for the dog. We would like to remind dog owners that if this does happen to them not to enter the water, call 999 and ask for assistance. Entering the water has a extremely high chance of making any situation worse.”