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Warning to pet owners after cliff fall dog dies
11:00am Saturday 22nd September 2012 in News
COASTGUARDS are warning West Dorset dog owners after a pet died when it plunged over cliffs.
The 12-year-old Doberman was reported to coastguards as having fallen from a cliff at Blacknor on Portland early on Saturday morning.
Coastguards went to the scene and said the dog had sadly died in the fall.
A spokesman for Portland Coastguard said: “The owners said they had let the dog off the lead to let it run around and then it went over the edge.
“They were obviously very distressed and wanted it bringing back, so we recovered it.
“Our concern in these situations is always that owners will try and get the pets back themselves – we did it to ensure the safety of the owners.”
He added that coastguard rescue officers are often called to such incidents and urged dog owners to keep their pets on a lead near cliffs.