Dog who scurried down fox hole saved using specialist equipment

Jack Russell Ethel who scurried down fox hole and got stuck for three hours is saved after firefighters use listening device to trace her whimpers

  • Ethel, aged 1, a Jack Russell terrier, was on a walk with her owner May Watson 
  • During the walk, she ran off and got stuff underneath an old railway carriage 
  • Using specialist equipment used in rescue missions, firefighters able to find dog

Firefighters rescued a dog who ran down a fox den using specialist audio equipment to trace the poor pet’s cries for help.   

One-year-old Ethel, a Jack Russell terrier, was out on a walk with her owner May Watson when she ran away.

The tiny dog got stuck down a crevice beneath an old underground railway carriage on Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, just before noon on Sunday. 

Three hours was spent trying to find Ethel before the dog was found using equipment designed for rescuing people from collapsed buildings.

One-year-old Ethel, a Jack Russell terrier, was out on a walk with her owner May Watson (pictured) when she ran away

Scottish Fire and Rescue initially tried to dig her out but had no luck, even managing to catch a fox on camera while looking for Ethel.

Ms Watson, who also works for the fire service, said: ‘It was the first time we had taken her to that part of the hill and Ethel immediately got a scent of something and shot off.

‘We heard her barking in the den for about an hour and expected her to retreat at some point but started to worry when we stopped hearing her – and this is when we called the fire service for help.

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‘We would never have been able to get her out without the firefighters help as she was trapped under the old railway carriage and couldn’t get out. 

The pet pooch was eventually reunited with the owner and the pair spent the day recovering on the sofa. 

Group manager Andy McDermott said: ‘The crew initially tried to find the dog by using spades to excavate round the fox hole without success – but they were determined not to give up on the little animal.

‘Using listening devices and remote cameras, which are used in urban search and rescue situations where we try to locate people in collapsed buildings.

Using cutting edge audio equipment which is typically used to find people trapped inside collapsed houses, firefighters were able to locate the dog due to her cries for help

‘They were able to pinpoint the approximate location of Ethel who was stuck – and also the fox.

‘I think the fox was just as shocked as we were when we found it.

‘It wasn’t looking good for Ethel for a while due to the darkness coming in but she managed another whimper that allowed us to find her.

‘The crew continued to dig down and eventually were able to retrieve the dog who appeared ecstatic to be free.’ 

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