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Cliff top pups rescued by coastguard

Ben and Toby recovering happily with their mum, Lucy

COASTGUARDS RESCUED two puppies that climbed part of the way down a 150ft (46m) cliff in Kent.

Springer Spaniels Ben and Toby became trapped 30ft (9m) down the cliff after escaping from a garden with their mother Lucy one Monday evening last month

A hunt began when Lucy returned to her owner without her pups. Ben was rescued using climbing equipment the following evening.

Toby, who was hidden by gorse bushes, was tempted with a biscuit to make his own way up on Wednesday.

Dog owners have been advised to use leads near cliff tops and not to attempt to rescue animals that fall over the edge.

Georgia Grover, one of the people who helped search for the dogs, said: "We could hear them whimpering and crying all the time."

She said the coastguards had been "fantastic".

Peter Legg, Coastguard senior watch manager at Dover, said it was important that people did not try to rescue dogs which fell over cliffs.

"People who attempt to rescue dogs themselves are putting themselves in grave danger. Severe injuries and worse have resulted from this scenario.

"For this reason, we are always very willing to assist when dogs do fall over cliffs," he said, adding that Ben and Toby had suffered dehydration and shock but were now safe and well.