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Missing puppy rescued two days after chasing fox over a cliff

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Original article from Kent Live

A puppy who fell off a cliff after chasing a fox has been rescued by the coastguard more than two days later.

Barney was heard by a passer-by on the beach as the Jack Russell was crying below them and helped locate the young pup in Folkestone, Kent.

The Coastguard came to rescue the lucky pup, whose lead got snagged in a bush on the way down, stopping him from falling further.

A Coastguard spokesperson said: "He was taken down the cliff where he was driven back to Abbots Cliff to be reunited with his very worried but now happy owner, seemingly none the worse for his ordeal.

"If your beloved pet goes over a cliff please do what Barney's dad did and call us, don't try and rescue them yourself".

A man had been walking along Mungo's beach on Monday at 1pm when he heard the dog further up the cliff above the path.

He called the coastguard who had been searching for Barney who was reported missing on Saturday morning after running off after a fox.

The coastguard abseiled down the cliff to pluck Barney to safety

The team deployed two officers at the bottom of the cliff and two at the top, who spotted the lost dog and popped him in an animal rescue bag as he was taken back down.

A friend of the owner said on the Coastguard's Facebook post that the fact that Barney was on a lead was what saved him.

They said: "He bolted after a fox and the lead slipped his hand. The fact he still had his lead on was the thing that saved him as the lead got caught in a bush and stopped him falling further."

The cliff in Folkestone, Kent.

A Capel le Ferne Parish Council spokesperson said: "We are all so pleased that you found puppy Barney down the cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne.

"A very BIG thank-you to all the Coastguards for the amazing and outstanding work you do. It is very much appreciated."

And a nearby resident commented: "Well done guys. Life saved. Without your professionalism it is likely someone would have attempted a rescue and the outcome may not have been as happy."

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