Spalding and Boston firefighters rescue Jack Russell from rabbit warrens
Firefighters dug deep to help rescue a dog which had become stuck in a rabbit warren over the weekend.
Spalding and Boston crews spent the early hours of Saturday morning digging free a Jack Russell which had
become lost in the maize of tunnels at a bank in Frithville, near Boston.
Fire crews attend incidents of animal rescues in order to prevent members of the public from putting themselves in danger.
Spalding firefighter Harry Drury said: “It was quite an emotional moment for the dog’s owner and us as well.
“It is always nice to have a successful and happy outcome.
“We were really happy to have a positive outcome.”
The dog’s owner had called in the fire brigade after spending four hours trying to locate the dog which had become lost in the underground tunnels in the bank.
Officers from Boston and Spalding’s Animal Rescue team were called in to help with the rescue.
The crews, armed with spades and their training to prevent tunnel collapse, got to work in excavating the site.
Officer Drury, who is also also a South Holland district councillor, said: “It was really important that we mobilized to the job, not only to help save the dog which was our main concern but to also protect members of the public from putting themselves at risk.
“If members of the public had started to dug the tunnel there would be a risk of collapse.
“We couldn’t just dig out the the bank and risk the warrren collapsing on the dog. We had to carefully go through the warren.”
After two to three hours of digging, the crews’ hard work was rewarded when the dog was spotted.
Officer Drury said: “One of the crew’s managers saw his nose and then we started to dig around the dog to release him. He was extremely happy to see his owners. “
Spalding firefighters are specially trained in the rescue of large and small animals. Horses, cattle, pigs and even snakes are some of the animals who have been helped out of dykes, structures and even swimming pools by the area’s firefighters.
In 2019, Lincolnshire fire crews were called out to 50 animal rescues, with many of those involving horses.