Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Dog stuck in Burghclere hole released with quake devices

Ivy being rescued by animal rescue specialist Buster Brown
Image caption Ivy was found trapped deep in a fox hole in woods by a member of the public

A dog stuck down a hole in Hampshire was freed with equipment used to rescue victims of the Japan and New Zealand earthquakes.

Ivy, a four-month-old cocker spaniel, was found trapped deep in a fox hole in woods near Well Street, Burghclere.

Hampshire Fire Service's urban search and rescue (USAR) team used its flexible search camera and listening devices during her rescue.

Ivy was found by a member of the public after going missing from her home in Burghclere four days earlier.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Crews set to work to dig Ivy out but it was very important to be able to monitor her whilst the digging continued to ensure she was not injured by the tools.

"After about two hours the crews were able to expose Ivy's face."

He said watch manager Buster Brown then gave Ivy some water and slowly cut away at the soil to release her on Thursday.

Image caption Ivy was put on a drip as she was dehydrated and needed fluid replacement

"Ivy had been trapped in the tight tunnel by her hips and her front legs were underneath her chest, making it impossible for her to claw her way forwards," he added.

"Once out of the tunnel, she was handed to the RSPCA who took her to a local vet.

"She was kept in overnight on a drip, having been trapped for four days she was dehydrated and needed fluid replacement.

"She is now making a full recovery at home."

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