Coastguard is calling for vigilance when walking dogs on the Exmouth cliffs

PUBLISHED: 16:35 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 10 June 2010

DOG owners are being urged to be careful when walking their dogs along the cliff tops of Exmouth.

DOG owners are being urged to be careful when walking their dogs along the cliff tops of Exmouth.

The RSPCA and Coastguard have issued a warning of the dangers of cliff-top walks after a dog was seriously injured last year.

Last year Scrappy, a Jack Russell cross, fell off the cliff at Littleham Bay, in Sandy Bay, and bit Gary Coles the coastguard rescue officer as he tried to save the pet.

Many more dogs get into the same kind of mishap if not on a lead and pet owners frequently put themselves in danger attempting to rescue their pets.

Coastguard spokesman Fred Caygill said: "In good weather a walk along a cliff top can be an exhilarating experience.

"However the day can turn into heartbreak for the owner if the dog cannot stop before going off the edge of the cliff.

"If dog owners can be a little more thoughtful and not unleash their dog until they reach the safety of inland pathways then a lot of pain and anguish can be avoided.

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