Cambridgeshire

Fire crews rescue dog stuck down hole in St Neots

Dog rescued by fire crews Image copyright Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Firefighters were called by the RSPCA after the dog became stuck underground for more than an hour

Eight firefighters helped rescue a dog stuck in a hole for hours.

Fire crews were called by the RSPCA after the Jack Russell mix called Poppy became stuck underground at St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

Using an underground camera on a long cable and thermal imaging equipment, the firefighters spent nearly two hours trying to locate the animal.

Once they found Poppy, they pumped oxygen into the hole, then brought her out and reunited her with her owner.

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Image caption Firefighters from Huntingdon and St Neots spent about 45 minutes digging around the rabbit holes for the dog

Watch Commander Rob Robinson said they covered an area about 50m by 50m, moving from hole to hole, shouting then listening to try and locate the area where the dog was at about 17:50 BST on Tuesday.

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Image caption "It was pitch black, hammering down with rain and really cold," rescue crews said

"Poppy's the kind of breed that likes to follow rabbits down a hole but once you get underground the holes branch out and very soon you are two or three feet down," he said.

"You could hear the dog whimpering, you could tell it was distressed," he added.

"It took a lot of people and some co-ordination to dig in the right area because we had to dig a bit, listen, eliminate the area and move along."

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