A DOG owner has thanked firefighters after they rescued his dog, which had been trapped in a hole for more than 24 hours.
Martin Callister from Shobnall was out walking his five-year-old Jack Russell, Vera, on the Jinny Trail in Stretton on Monday when she spotted something and ran off out of his sight.
He said: “I’d brought her out for a walk just after midday, when she ran off. I called out for her but I had no idea where she was. I kept looking for her until about 7.15pm when I called off the search.”
However, determined to find the pet he originally bought for his daughter’s sixth birthday, Martin got in contact with the RSPCA and Animal Search UK as well as putting out an appeal for information on the internet.
On Tuesday, determined to find Vera, he went out with friend Celeste Nelson and her dog Teddy to see if they could locate her. When Celeste called Vera’s name, they heard Vera’s cries for help and found her trapped in a hole under a semi-exposed tree root on the steep bank on one side of the Jinny Trail. The pair called Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service just before 12.30pm, and five firemen arrived at the scene around 10 minutes later to try and dig Vera out. She was eventually freed at around 2pm.
It is not the first time that Vera has got herself stuck and had to be rescued. In 2009 as an 11-month-old puppy, firefighters rescued her after she became trapped at the bottom of a 25ft sewage tank off James Brindley Way, Stretton while chasing a rabbit. Martin said then that he hoped she had learned her lesson, but Vera has remained curious when out on walks.
Martin added: “I’m running out of places to take her now because she keeps getting into these situations. She’s always running off and you do get a little bit complacent, but I did begin to worry this time when I couldn’t find her.”