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Dog dies after falling 80ft from cliffs in Cornwall

Dog dies after falling 80ft from cliffs in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 6:32am 3rd December 2018. (Updated at 6:35am 3rd December 2018)

Coastguards have issued a warning to owners, after the death of a dog who fell 80ft from cliffs at a Cornish beauty spot.

The spaniel was winched to safety on Saturday morning, after landing on a ledge near Hell's Mouth.

However vets later discovered the pet had broken its back in two places and he had to be put to sleep.

Rescue teams from Portreath and St Ives got the call and are now reminding people to keep animals on leads.

"This morning at about 08:30 the team were tasked to rescue a dog that had fallen over the cliff just west of Hell's Mouth.

"The cliffs are 300 feet tall in places but the dog landed on a ledge approximately 80 feet down.

"Supported by the St. Ives HM Coastguard Rescue Team, one of our Rope Rescue Technicians was lowered down to the ledge and was able to place the spaniel in our dedicated dog rescue bag.

"Sadly, although the dog appeared uninjured at the time, he was taken to a local veterinary surgery where it was discovered that he had broken his back in two places and had to be put to sleep.

"PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES WHEN WALKING NEAR CLIFFS".

HM Coastguard Portreath Cliff Rescue Team

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