Picture: Partially-sighted dog Dolly plunges down cliff at Happisburgh

Mary Fisher's picture of the stranded dog. Manor Caravan Park, Happisburgh where a dog fell from the cliffs and was stranded for some time. Photo: Mary Fisher. Mary Fisher's picture of the stranded dog. Manor Caravan Park, Happisburgh where a dog fell from the cliffs and was stranded for some time. Photo: Mary Fisher.

Sunday, January 12, 2014
7:07 PM

Dolly the partially-sighted dog has been safely reunited with her owner after plunging down a crumbling cliff at Happisburgh.

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Mary Fisher's picture of the stranded dog. Manor Caravan Park, Happisburgh where a dog fell from the cliffs and was stranded for some time. Photo: Mary Fisher.Mary Fisher's picture of the stranded dog. Manor Caravan Park, Happisburgh where a dog fell from the cliffs and was stranded for some time. Photo: Mary Fisher.

The terrified 10-year-old pooch sparked a major rescue alert after coming to rest on a ledge part-way down the 30ft cliff.

Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguards were called out at 1.40pm today after they were contacted by Happisburgh Coast Watch.

“We had reports that members of the public were trying to rescue the dog so we went along to help because we didn’t want people getting stuck too,” said a coastguard spokesman.

The coastguard team had been preparing to rescue Dolly, a Lhasa Apso, when she managed to get herself safely down to the beach below unaided, according to the spokesman.

Manor Caravan Park, Happisburgh where a dog fell from the cliffs and was stranded for some time. Mary Fisher who witnessed the drama and photographed the dog stuck half way down the cliff. Photo: Steve AdamsManor Caravan Park, Happisburgh where a dog fell from the cliffs and was stranded for some time. Mary Fisher who witnessed the drama and photographed the dog stuck half way down the cliff. Photo: Steve Adams

The start of the drama was watched by Mary Fisher who was walking her own dog on the beach below the Manor Caravan Park.

Mrs Fisher, from Horning, saw a woman try to climb the cliff to rescue Dolly but said she got stuck in thick, wet clay and abandoned the attempt.

“The owner was calling and calling. She said the dog had cataracts. She went to get help and I stood there for a while talking to the dog. The poor thing was petrified and shaking,” said Mrs Fisher.

The incident is the third in four months involving dogs falling down cliffs at Happisburgh.

The crumbling cliffs at Happisburgh where Dolly fell.  Photo: Steve AdamsThe crumbling cliffs at Happisburgh where Dolly fell. Photo: Steve Adams

In September last year coastguards and a lifeboat crew rescued a man and his dog after the owner followed his stricken pet down the cliff to try and rescue it himself.

And in October Beagle-cross Max also took a tumble, while having a cliff-top walk with his master, and had to be rescued by coastguards.

The coastguard spokesman said: “We advise that dogs should always be kept on leads near cliffs.”

5 comments

  • another stupid person not taking care of their pets resulting in wasted money that the rescue teams will need come the summer when the beaches are full.

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    critical_thinker

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Somebody else without their dog on a lead - therefore they are not in control of the dog. Seems to be getting fashionable now, also means they don't clear up after them. We walked along the prom the other day and a man didn't realise his dog had disappeared for some time because he didn't have it on the lead-he then had to go and search for it.

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    Tinkerbell

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Yet another world shattering event happens in North Norfolk !.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Going to need a big sign near the cliffs to warn of the OBVIOUS danger, half blinds dogs won't see it but hopefully the owners will. Before any more rescues go ahead, make these idiots realise how much it costs before hand. Something needs to be done as people are too thick to see danger in their surroundings.

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    Skoalbandit

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Only three boring groans from the keyboard warriors so far. I am surprised!

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    HappisburghHarry

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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