SPCA staff abseil down cliff to save dog trapped for three days

SPCA staff have rescued a dog that spent three days stuck on a cliff in the Raupunga Forest area in Hawke's Bay.

Greyhound fox terrier cross Spot got stuck down the cliff on Sunday along with another dog. His owner managed to abseil down and retrieve the other dog, but couldn't reach Spot.

Members of the SPCA national rescue unit and Massey University's Veterinary emergency response team left Wellington for Napier on Tuesday night. They arrived in the forest at 7am on Wednesday morning and found Spot was becoming increasingly distressed.

Video provided to Newshub shows it was hard to see Spot in all the dense bush, but he could be heard barking in terror.

A woman with a dog.
Spot after being rescued. Photo credit: Supplied/SPCA

The rescue team abseiled down the cliff and successfully brought Spot to safety at 11am on Wednesday.

It's not the first SPCA cliff rescue this month - another dog was plucked from a cliff over the weekend. A SPCA spokesperson told Newshub five dogs were rescued from the same Napier cliff area in 2018.


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