Dog killed after fall at Brean Down

PUBLISHED: 10:03 17 July 2017

Burnham coastguards went to retrieve the dog's body. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.

Burnham coastguards went to retrieve the dog's body. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.

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A dog was killed at the weekend after it fell from the cliffs at Brean Down, prompting the coastguard to issue a warning to pet owners.

The coastguards were called to the incident on Saturday. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook pageThe coastguards were called to the incident on Saturday. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page

Burnham-on-Sea coastguards were called to the scene on Saturday after concerns were raised by the beach warden about the welfare of the dog’s owner, who was trying to save the animal.

The female Staffordshire bull terrier had fallen down the south side of the down, near the trig point and had been missing since Friday.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: “We were tasked to a person on the side of Brean Down who was searching for his dog which had gone missing on Friday while out for a walk.

“He was a new resident to the area who wasn’t aware of the dangers of walking an unleashed dog on the Down.

“After spending many hours searching he decided to follow the tide out along the base of the Down and after a long and hard walk over some very uneven and slippery rocks found the dog.

“Sadly it had taken quite a fall from the highest point of the Down and had died.

“Two of our team members walked out to meet the person to ensure he was safe as there were reports he may have been trying to climb up to the side.

“The two team members took it in turns to carry the dog back along the rocks and escort the upset owner.

“Due to the terrain this was a challenging recovery to make it back and avoid injury in the process.

“Once nearer the beach a third Coast Rescue Officer (CRO) made his way out with some blankets to cover the dog and we carried it back to the owner’s vehicle.

“This is a sad but all-too-often outcome of walking along Brean Down with dogs off of their leads, there is a lot of wildlife and dogs love to chase them and will find themselves running off the edge while the wildlife is safe on a small ledge.

“While we have sympathy for any owner who loses a much loved member of the family in this way, we must point out that on any high ground pets need to be kept on a lead at all times.”

If you spot anyone in difficulty or danger along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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