Frank the dog cheats death after plunging off 400ft cliff

Downward dog! Frank the Lakeland Patterdale miraculously cheats death after plunging off massive 400ft cliff and escaping with two broken legs a few missing teeth

  • Frank survived the 400ft fall down a cliff and onto a North Yorkshire beach
  • In a stroke of luck, he was found by a fisherman before the tide came in
  • He is now back at home in Derbyshire with his relieved owner Stewart Wragg
  • A dog that survived a 400ft drop down a rugged cliff face and onto a North Yorkshire beach is back at home recovering with his owner.

    坦率, a five-year-old Lakeland Patterdale terrier cross, escaped with a broken foot and back left leg and a few missing teeth after the terrifying ordeal left him on the beach below with the tide quickly coming in.

    In a stroke of luck, he was found by a fisherman hunting down good fishing spots. If he had not had been spotted, he would have been taken out to sea.

    Frank escaped the ordeal with a broken foot and back left leg and a few missing teeth

    Frank escaped the ordeal with a broken foot and back left leg and a few missing teeth

    Frank is now recovering at home in Derbyshire with his owner Stewart Wragg, 63, having had £4,000 worth of vet care.

    The incident happened while Mr Wragg was on holiday with his ex-partner, Allison Howe, 49 和他们的儿子, Ewan, 七.

    The father-of-three was walking the Cleveland Waya North Yorkshire 100-mile walk from Helmsley to Fileywith a friend when he noticed that Frank had disappeared, near to steep 400ft cliff tops.

    Mr Wragg said it didn’t cross his mind that Frank may have fallen down onto the beach below.

    ‘I suspected he had caught the scent of a rabbit and gave chase’, 他说.

    He fell down the 400ft cliff onto the beach, where the tide could have taken him out to sea

    He fell down the 400ft cliff onto the beach, where the tide could have taken him out to sea

    ‘I was frantic with worry, but terriers are clever dogs and will usually find their way back by retracing their steps.

    He contacted the local dog warden to report Frank missing and, when he returned to his car, he received a call from Alma Veterinary Surgery in Scarborough to give him the news that Frank was in their care.

    ‘I asked if I could come and get him and they told me it wasn’t as easy as that, that they still didn’t know the extent of the damage and, as he was sedated, I ought to wait until morning,’ 他说.

    Stewart Wragg said Frank would have died if he were human, and that he is so grateful to have his 'great friend' back at home with him

    Stewart Wragg said Frank would have died if he were human, and that he is so grateful to have his ‘great friendback at home with him

    ‘I had the worst night’s sleep that night. I really thought I was going to lose him.

    ‘I have had Frank since he was two-years-old, 三年来, and he a great friend to me, to be without him would be awful. He means so much.

    幸好, Frank was found by a local fisherman who had handed him in to the RSPCA.

    His microchip had been damaged in the fall, but he was reunited with his owner when the local dog warden put two and two together.

    ‘I am just so so grateful that he is alive,’ Mr Wragg said. ‘It could have had a very different ending.

    Frank was rescued by a fisherman who wrapped him up and handed him to the RSPCA

    Frank was rescued by a fisherman who wrapped him up and handed him to the RSPCA

    ‘If he were a human, he would have been dead. He has fallen and landed flat on his left-hand side.

    ‘Somebody was looking down on him that day because how he has survived that fall, 我不知道.

    ‘I have learnt the hard way that I need to keep my dog on a lead when we’re walking on cliffs in the future.

    RSPCA officer Claire Little said: ‘It is such a high drophe was a very lucky boy to survive the fall and then to be found especially as the tide was coming in.

    Frank is now recovering at home in Derbyshire having had £4,000 worth of vet carE

    Frank is now recovering at home in Derbyshire having had £4,000 worth of vet carE

    ‘I would just like to remind people walking on coastal paths it is often good to put their dogs on leads in these areas.

    ‘Often dogs can get excited with all the sights and sounds, and even older pets may wonder further than they usually do.

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