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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is hailing an early success of its new all terrain vehicle (ATV) after it was crucial in the rescue of a puppy from a 30 foot hole near Chartham.
The vehicle was used for the first time yesterday (Wednesday, 15 May) to get firefighters and equipment to the area, a ploughed field on the edge of a wooded copse where Brody, a 15-month-old puppy red setter retriever cross-breed was trapped.
Firefighters were called by the RSPCA at 5.32pm after the owners’ other dog Brookie discovered Brody in a deep hole* in Mystole, near Chartham. Brody’s whimperings could be heard, but he could not be seen from the top of the hole. He had been missing since Saturday (11 May), and his owners, Charles and Doreen Willson feared he might have been stolen.
KFRS’s Deal-based line rescue team was sent to the scene and were transported to the site on the ATV, which is based at Herne Bay. The team set up a pulley system to retrieve Brody and used their specialist equipment to go into the hole, putting Brody into a harness and to bring him to the surface.
Station Manager, Russ Jones, who was in charge of the incident said: “This was a successful rescue and it was smiles all round when Brody was brought up to safe ground. The ATV came into its own and was superb, making the rescue much swifter. It would have been extremely difficult to get our crews and the equipment across the ploughed field.”
Brody’s owner, Charles Willson, said: “He was a rescue dog and we’ve only had him for a short while, so we were devastated when he went missing. We are thrilled and incredibly grateful to Kent Fire and Rescue Service for helping us get him back. We cannot thank the crews enough for their attention and care.
“We’ve taken him to the vets this morning, who have said he’s fine and just needs a good meal or two and a rest but he’s very happy to be home.”
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer, Roy Jezard, said: “The crews were absolutely fantastic and they did an excellent job.”
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* Deneholes go back as far as Roman times and are believed to have been dug by farmers in the middle ages for chalk, which they used as a fertilizer for their field.