Muddy, thirsty but safe - dog rescued after 48 hours in badger sett
A dog has been rescued by the RSPCA and firefighters after getting trapped in a badger sett for two days.
Lakeland terrier Arlo went to explore the sett while out for a walk in Kingsbury Episcopi, and got stuck in the tunnel.
The RSPCA were called out, but were unable to start digging Arlo out immediately, as it’s illegal to damage badger setts without permission from Natural England.
RSPCA animal rescue officer Dean Wilkins said: “We had to apply for a licence to do so in the presence of an RSPCA wildlife officer. This meant a lengthy delay before we could start digging.
“Once we got the permission however, there was another problem - we couldn’t see, or initially hear, Arlo.
“We needed help, so I called on the local fire and rescue service in Glastonbury. They arrived with a special camera to locate the dog, who was wedged 1.5m (4.9ft) down in the sett!”
At the time Arlo was in the care of Zoe and Nick who were dog-sitting for Zoe’s mother, and it was a stressful time for them as the RSPCA and firefighters battled to reach the dog and set him free. But, after 48 hours in the sett, Arlo was brought to safety.
Nick said: “He was understandably tired, hungry and very thirsty. Despite being given a good drink he was still looking for muddy puddles to lap.
“Arlo wasn’t his usual inquisitive and bouncy self for a couple of days. But he’s back to normal now, barking at the window when you arrive home! We want to thank the RSPCA and fire and rescue – they were both unbelievably supportive and informative.”
Dean added: “This rescue was a great example of teamwork and what we can do together for animal welfare. We’re delighted to know Arlo’s now doing well after his adventure. This incident is a reminder that it’s always a good idea to keep your dog on a lead if you see signs of badger setts around.”
Watch the video of the rescue here:
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