Dog freed by Leicestershire firefighters after being ᴛʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ underground for more than 60 hours

Winston, a dog which was ᴛʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ underground after getting stuck in a badger’s sett for more than 60 hours has been ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ after a joint effort by the RSPCA and firefighters.

The pet plummeted down a badger sett in the Diamond Jubilee Wood, in Leicestershire, on Saturday after he clearly bit off more than he could chew. His untimely descent came as he was out enjoying a walk with his owner Helen Peake.

Helen said: “Winston’s a working dog, so it’s not strange for him to be off the lead and sniffing at bushes. We’d gone off the tracks but five minutes later I turned around and realised he wasn’t behind me.”

“I retraced my steps and looked for half an hour before going back to get my husband. Alex looked under the tree and saw the holes, so we realised it was a badger’s den.”

She went on: “We could hear him barking and our hearts just sank. We couldn’t do anything.”

Unfortunately for the ᴅɪsᴛʀᴇssᴇᴅ family, nothing could be done for 48 hours because badgers and their setts are protected by law. In fact, anyone found ʜᴀʀᴍɪɴɢ them or their habitats can face ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ time or a fine.

The ᴅɪsᴛʀᴇssᴇᴅ dog owner had called the emergency services to say the poor pup had been ᴛʀᴀᴘᴘᴇᴅ for more than 60 hours. Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ services were called to the scene in Coalville, Leicestershire, shortly before midday on Tuesday, March 1.

Firefighters used specialist listening and locating devices and the RSPCA also went to the scene to ensure its welfare. They managed to find the sound of the dog underground and drafted in more resources to dig it out.

The service confirmed the dog was ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ shortly before 5pm and safely in the hands of RSPCA officers as well as being reunited with his owner.

Helen said: “From the way he’d gone in and where we found him was completely miles away. He must have tried really hard to get out but luckily he didn’t have any physical ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅs – he was just really hungry.”

“He is doing very well apart from being very ᴡᴇᴀᴋ. He had a lovely bath and a well deserved sleep!”

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