Dog back home and ‘smelling like roses again’ after 12 foot fall into smelly concrete sewage gully

The RSPCA has recused a little dog who fell 12 feet into a wet, filthy, sewage gully using a bag they normally wrap around stranded seals.

Finlay the terrier was out for a walk with his owner Deborah Rowley from Norton when he disappeared off into the undergrowth following a noise and managed to squeeze through a gap in the fence at nearby water treatment works.

He fell into a 12 foot deep gully at the plant and got stuck, unable to scramble up the steep concrete walls on either side by himself prompting a very worried Deborah to call the RSPCA for help.

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Inspector Shane Lynn arrived at the plant at Portrack Marshes in Stockton with a ladder and climbed down, caught Finlay and put him in the restraint bag usually used on seals to ensure he was safe and secure for the climb back out. The seven year old dog was smelly but unhurt and his relieved owner was glad to have him back safe and sound.

“Finlay is a cheeky little chap and he’s often getting into trouble but I was really worried when he disappeared and I found him stuck in the sewage treatment gully,” said Deborah. “I had no idea how I’d be able to get him out so I called the RSPCA for help and they were wonderful.” I’m so grateful to them for helping my lad and he’s now back home – and smelling like roses – again!”

Finlay stuck in the gully

Shane said he was lucky to be able to gain access to the site during the incident which happened on March 26. “Deborah was really worried as Finlay had taken quite the fall and was stuck at the bottom of the wet, filthy gully and was unable to scramble out of the steep concrete walls,” he said. “They’d been enjoying a walk when he chased after a noise and squeezed through a gap in the fence into the sewage works and fell in the gully.

“Luckily I was able to gain access to the site, climb down my ladder into the gully and catch him. I put him the restraint bag we use for seals to ensure he was safe and couldn’t fall and clambered back out with him. Deborah was very grateful and relieved to have him back. It was lovely to reunite them and ensure that Finlay was safe and not hurt.”

The RSPCA advises owners never put themselves in dangerous positions in order to rescue their pets but, instead, contact the charity’s emergency hotline (daily 7am-10pm) for advice and help: 0300 1234 999.

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