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Dog left on Bude beach as owner went swimming at night

Dog left on Bude beach as owner went swimming at night

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:48pm 29th April 2019. (Updated at 10:05am 30th April 2019)

A warning has gone out from coastguard crews after a dog was left on a Cornish beach while the owner went in the sea - at night!

The team from Bude got the shout after the pet was found on Summerleaze beach with a note around its neck.

A member of the public called 999 as the message reportedly raised concerns for the owner's welfare.

It happened just after 9pm last Monday and luckily the owner returned before crews got to the scene.

Now rescue teams are advising people not to get in the sea after dark and not to leave pets unattended on the beach and with a note that could be 'misconstrued'.

"Bude CRT were paged at 21:14 tonight following information that a dog had been found on Summerleaze Beach with a message attached indicating a possible concern for the welfare of the owner.

"Upon mustering at the station, the team were contacted by Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre and asked to stand down following confirmation that the owner had returned to the dog, who had been left while the owner was in the sea.

"Given the time of day and the nature of the message, the first informant certainly made the right decision in calling 999.

"We would always advise against being in or entering the sea after dark, but if you must, to consider the possible implications on leaving a message attached to a pet that could potentially be misconstrued, and, if at all possible, to leave the pet at home or with a friend instead."

Bude Coastguard Rescue Team

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