A daring 8-hour rescue operation has rescued a dog trapped on a Te Araroa cliff

A specialist animal rescue squad from Wellington has successfully completed a daring rescue in Te Araroa.

A spokeswoman for the SPCA said three members of the SPCA’s specialist National Rescue Unit flew up to Gisborne yesterday lunchtime. They deployed at 4am today, to make the most use of daylight to rescue “one, possibly two dogs” that had gone over a cliff.

A member of the public called it in on Friday, after hearing the dog howling for approximately five days. An Inspector went to examine the scene yesterday and was able to see the dog but believes there may be two dogs in distress. He has managed to get permission from a local farmer to access his land in order for the team to access the point of descent easily.”

The unit was joined by the Gisborne Inspectorate team and started the operation at about 9am.

A spokeswoman said the operation only concluded at about 5.40pm - and the sole dog involved was fine.

"It took them three attempts, so it was a really long day."

- This is breaking news, check the Gisborne Herald website and Facebook Page for updates. More information will also be available in Monday’s Gisborne Herald.

A specialist animal rescue squad from Wellington has successfully completed a daring rescue in Te Araroa.

A spokeswoman for the SPCA said three members of the SPCA’s specialist National Rescue Unit flew up to Gisborne yesterday lunchtime. They deployed at 4am today, to make the most use of daylight to rescue “one, possibly two dogs” that had gone over a cliff.

A member of the public called it in on Friday, after hearing the dog howling for approximately five days. An Inspector went to examine the scene yesterday and was able to see the dog but believes there may be two dogs in distress. He has managed to get permission from a local farmer to access his land in order for the team to access the point of descent easily.”

The unit was joined by the Gisborne Inspectorate team and started the operation at about 9am.

A spokeswoman said the operation only concluded at about 5.40pm - and the sole dog involved was fine.

"It took them three attempts, so it was a really long day."

- This is breaking news, check the Gisborne Herald website and Facebook Page for updates. More information will also be available in Monday’s Gisborne Herald.

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Aomihi Cook - 1 month ago
We had training at the Te Araroa Fire Brigade most of the day on Saturday and were asked if we could help with the rescue in some way, but after our training us girls were absolutely buggered. When we came back from Golf in Te Puia on Sunday we passed the guys and it looked like it was sorted . . . . Congrats guys on an awesome job well done (SPCA).

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