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Dog saved from 70ft cliff fall by collar


The said today:

A golden retriever escaped falling to his death after his collar snagged on rocks after he chased a rabbit over a 70ft cliff on the Isle of Wight.


Mac plunged over the steep edge while out walking with owner Margaret Sills along a coastal path on the island.

But the collar caught on jutting rocks, breaking his fall.

"It saved his life," said Mrs Sills, "If he hadn’t been wearing one he would have just free-fallen all the way and there’s no way he could have survived."

Mac was taken to Riverbank Animal Hospital where he was treated for broken legs and a punctured lung.

Four days later surgeons fitted metal pins in two operations to keep his broken bones in place.

"He’ll be in the plaster casts for six months so he can lead a true dog’s life until then," said Mrs Stills.

"He can’t really move so I’ve been helping him get outside on special ramps I made for him. He can barely support his own weight so I even have to support him when he goes to the toilet. He’s really embarrassed I’m sure."

Mrs Sills, a former PA who has suffered four strokes and struggles to walk herself, said Mac’s survival meant everything to her.

"He’s my only companion at home and he’s my best friend," she said. "He makes a lot of things possible for me. If I can’t get out of my chair he comes over and supports me. He even picks up my mobile phone when I can’t reach it and I haven’t even trained him to do it.

"Now it’s my turn to go around picking things up for him, but I don’t mind at all. I’m just so happy he’s still here."

Hayley Stevenson, a senior nurse at Broadway Veterinary Hospital, was among a team of nurses, critical care vets and orthopaedic surgeons who helped Mac to recover.

"When Mac arrived with us he had two fractured front legs and air in his chest and a massive amount of bruising. In two separate operations we repaired Mac’s fractures by inserting two metal plates and splints to support his legs," she said.

"He is an amazing dog. Even with all the pain that he was in and not being able to walk, he was full of life and wagging his tail."


July 28, 2009 - Posted by | Animals, Entertainement, nature, Weird

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