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Elvis the dog survives cliff fall
A DOG owner has praised the rescuers who came to the aid of his beloved pooch after it fell down a Portland cliff.
Munchkin the dog had been out for his evening walk with owner Dave Davey and girlfriend Corrine Goodwin, and their other dogs Zippy and Angel.
They were walking between Southwell Business Park and Grangecroft Road when Munchkin fell over the edge.
Mr Davey said: “I turned round for a split-second and he disappeared.”
The couple spent around 45 minutes desperately looking for their 18-month-old dog, who was christened Elvis because of the way his lip curls up.
They were unable to hear his barks due to the sound of crashing waves.
During the frantic hunt, Zippy, the couple’s Jack Russell, kept going down one part of the cliff and sniffing.
Mr Davey said he went to look, he said: “Munchkin was right down the bottom. Zippy was trying to tell me where he was.”
They called the coastguards who dispatched a rescue team.
Mr Davey went part way down the cliff to talk to Munchkin and stop him moving as he feared the dog might fall further down the cliff.
Mr Davey, who is battling cancer, said his dogs meant everything to him and praised the coastguards.
He said: “We would like to thank them very much, from the bottom of our hearts.
“Without them we wouldn’t have got to Munchkin. I’m delighted to have him back.”
Following his ordeal Munchkin is still shaken, Mr Davey said.
He said: “He’s still shaking today – he’s not himself.”
But Mr Davey added that Munchkin had been getting lots of cuddles and reassurance.
A spokesman for Portland Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre on Weymouth harbourside said: “We received a report of a dog which had fallen over the cliff on the west side of Portland at 6.24pm on Saturday. Portland Bill Coastguard Rescue Team located the animal and it was was recovered safe and well.”
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