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Scruffy the dog rescued from Ashton canal by firefighters

Borough: Tameside

Incident Date: 26 November 2015

SCRUFFY the terrier had a lucky escape from a canal in Tameside after firefighters came to his rescue.

Crew from White Watch Ashton were called to Portland Street, Ashton, at 12.06pm on Thursday, November 26 after reports that the dog was stuck in the water.

When they arrived, firefighters donned life jackets and used a ladder to get to the dog and bring him to safety.

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Photo shows Firefighter Mark Bishop with Scruffy the dog

Watch Manager Trevor Smallwood said: “We were called to the incident by the police and when we got there we found a little dog stuck inside a tyre that was partially submerged in the water.

“We used a ladder to climb over a locked gate and wall to get to the dog then we scooped him up, gave him some fresh water and wrapped him in a blanket and put him on the back of the fire engine.

“He was shivering and we think he was in shock but he seemed okay after some TLC from Firefighter Bishop.

“We named him Bob but we believe he was called Scruffy. He was handed over to the care of the RSPCA and we’re hoping he has been reunited with his owner.”

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:43
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