Dog owner uses JCB digger to rescue Dizzy trapped in a rabbit hole

Duncan and Dizzy

Dog owner Duncan Flowers used a JCB digger to rescue his pet after she disappeared down a rabbit hole.

Cocker Spaniel Dizzy spent 30 hours 20 feet underground before being saved.

Duncan, 54, lost Dizzy at a nature reserve.

He searched for hours, helped by other dog walkers.

Finally, he guessed she was down a rabbit hole.

The self-employed roofer gathered 24 mates to return to the site later.

They brought with them a small digger and a plumber’s drainage camera.

The team dug throughout the day and into the evening.

They used torches and mobile phones to light the scene.

Finally, Dizzy appeared – dazed and bewildered.

Dizzy safely back home

Duncan, from of Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, said:

“Twenty-five of us dug for over three hours with the help of a JCB and then finally Dizzy turned up.

“I’m delighted to have her back. I thought she was lost forever.

“For her to suddenly pop out was a miracle — the best thing in the world.

“Everyone burst out crying, 25 burly blokes crying their eyes out.

“The whole family has had such a boost from it, it’s unbelievable.”




About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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