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People urged to keep pets on leads around cliffs

People urged to keep pets on leads around cliffs

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 2nd June 2019.

A warning is going out to dog owners in Cornwall to keep pets on leads around the cliff paths.

On average, the RNLI rescues around 14 dogs or their owners in the Duchy every year.

It comes after reports of two dogs falling from cliffs over the bank holiday weekend.

A major rescue operation was carried out near Portreath where one pooch tumbled 300ft.

Remarkably the animal wasn't hurt, and coastguard and lifeboat crews managed to winch it back to safety.

However, locals commenting on social media say it was the second incident they had read about this weekend.

In the other where an animal fell from cliffs, they say the pet lost its life.

Now the RNLI is urging people to keep dogs and leads and also never to attempt a rescue.

dog rescue 2

"If you're heading anywhere near the cliff path at all, dogs just don't understand that there is a sudden drop there.

"They get carried away running around, you might think your dog is obedient and great with call back, but if they see a rabbit or seagull or something like that, they will be off.

"We do get a lot of call outs to dogs over cliffs.

"Unfortunately we also get a lot of call outs to people going after their dog, trying to rescue them, and they get caught out themselves."

Steve Instance, RNLI prevention manager in the south west

dog coast cliff

By following a few simple steps dog owners can help keep themselves and their animals from further danger:

  • Always check the weather and tides. Tide times and heights vary throughout the month and can easily catch you out.
  • If your dog swims out too far or gets stuck in mud, do not go after them! Move to a place they can get to safely and call them. Most will get back by themselves.
  • Always keep your dog on a lead when walking close to cliff edges or fast-flowing rivers.
  • Always carry a means of calling for help. If you see someone in trouble call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

Source: RNLI

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