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Happy tail for blarney pup

Thursday, 17th January, 2013 12:00am

It was a close escape for one lucky dog who found himself in a serious situation last Saturday. Louis Hyde, who is in charge of the Cork River Rescue, happened to be in the Blarney area on Saturday when he got a phonecall to say that there was a dog in trouble close to the river that runs through the town.

"I went straight to the scene myself and the guard and local residents had already gathered. What I could see was a cocker spaniel dog who was badly caught in some barbed wire and was dangerously close to falling in to the river. He was very distressed when I arrived and from what I can tell, it seemed he had been stuck there overnight."

Cork River Rescue is a voluntary service that was set up by Louis in 2006. It is based in Monkstown and currently has 12 volunteers on its books. Louis says that this is the first time in six years of service that the unit has ever had to rescue an animal.

"I'm a dog lover myself so it was quite upsetting to see the dog in that state. He was barking a lot and I knew it was only a matter of time before he went into shock. His head and ear was bleeding where it was caught in the barbed wire and if that became loose at all he would have fallen straight in to the river."

Knowing he had to act fast, Louis changed in to his rescue gear and put a harness and ropes in place so he could lower himself down to the dog.

"Luckily, Gary, who owns Discount Fuels in Blarney, was able to open a gate for me at the back of the petrol station so that I could have easier access to the dog, otherwise it would have been quite a difficult job to rescue the dog.

"With the help of a local resident I lowered myself down to the dog and freed him from the barbed wire. He was snapping at me when I got to him because he was so frightened so we had to use a coal bag to get him safely back on to dry land again."

Louis emerged from the rescue to a round of applause as well as plenty of cheering and whooping from a large crowd of locals who had gathered at the scene."I have to say," says Louis, "that I don't think we would have had the same outcome if I hadn't had the help of Gary and the local residents. It was not quite what I am used to in terms of rescuing but I'm just glad the dog is ok, it was horrible seeing him in such a state of distress."The dog, is currently being homed by a Blarney resident, was taken to the vet ,is eating normally and recovering well from his ordeal.

"We put a picture of the dog's rescue up on Facebook and there has been over a hundred likes so far with people from Indonesia and the Philippines getting in touch over it, it's brilliant and all's well that ends well, thankfully!" commented Louis.

Anyone who is interested in making a donation to Cork River Rescue can contact Louise on 085-8325258.

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