‘Miracle’ survival for cliff fall dog

A dog which plunged 200-foot from cliffs at Exmouth survived the fall after PDSA vets gave life-saving treatment. Lassie needed emergency surgery to fix broken and dislocated bones - potentially preventing her from walking again . She has now made a full recovery.

Four-year-old Lassie was left fighting for her life after falling from the cliffs above Sandy Bay while on the final day of her Bristol family’s holiday.

PDSA vets who saved the much-loved pet following her horror plunge said they were ‘amazed’ the dog survived the fall.

PDSA veterinary surgeon, Manolo Gonzalez, who treated Lassie, said: “I’ve worked for PDSA for over 12 years but this is one of the most amazing cases I’ve ever seen.

“Unsurprisingly, Lassie had some serious injures including a badly broken back leg, a severely dislocated front leg and lots of cuts and bruises.

“But I’m amazed she survived such a fall without internal injuries. She was extremely lucky.”

Lassie’s owners had been walking their pet along the cliff top overlooking Exmouth when near tragedy struck.

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When the dog disappeared over the cliff edge the frantic family stayed up all night searching for Lassie.

Finding no sign of the dog, and fearing the worst, the family resumed the search at daybreak and discovered their pet had been taken to a vet after being found injured on the beach below.

Owner Jackie, 49, said: “We were taking Lassie for a walk along the coastline, as we had every day, and the next thing we knew she’d disappeared off the edge of the cliff.

“She was literally there one minute and gone the next – we think she must have been chasing a seagull.”

Jackie and daughter Shannon stayed with Lassie in Exmouth until she was stable enough to be transferred to their local PDSA PetAid hospital in Bristol.

Jackie praised the PDSA for their help funding Lassie’s treatment.

She said: “I don’t know what I’d have done without their help. “Lassie isn’t just a pet, she is a member of our family and I’m incredibly grateful for everything they’ve done.

“Her recovery has been incredible – but I wish I could go back in time and put her lead on to prevent the accident. I never imagined something like this would happen and I’ll never take that risk again.”

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