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Dog Rescue at Abergynolwyn

September 30, 2020

At around 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday 29th September, call-handlers from Aberdyfi Search & Rescue Team were made aware of a dog stuck in a gully near Tywyn.

The dog’s owner was walking her pets in Nant Gwernol, near Abergynolowyn, when one of the dogs, a very small schnauzer, fell a considerable distance into a stream gully. She initially feared the dog had been killed by the fall, but when the dog started making noises she went to seek help.

As the rope team assembled, a team volunteer met with the dog walker to assess the site where the dog was trapped. From his knowledge of the area he realised that he could access the stream bed higher up, and for the price of a few boot-fulls of water, could reach the dog without rope access. The dog was duly recovered, largely unharmed by the experience, and reunited with a relieved owner.

 “Many of the Team are themselves dog owners so there is a general willingness to engage with this type of rescue amongst our volunteers,” said Team spokesperson Graham O’Hanlon. “Such rescues often provide good training opportunities for our members and there is always the danger that if we do not help, then the owner may end up putting themselves in danger trying to rescue the dog”.