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Chihuahua rescued after five days trapped down mountain hole

Credit: Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Service

A chihuahua has been rescued after spending five days trapped down a hole on a Cwmtillery mountain.

A thermal imaging drone was used to locate Cherry on Mynydd James after a joint rescue effort by RSPCA Cymru, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Gwent Police and the Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Service.

The dog went missing on 15 March while walking on the mountain.

Her disappearance inspired a fundraising drive which saw £1,250 donated by members of the public in just one day.

Cherry has been checked over by a vet and is said to be recovering well.

Credit: Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Service

We are so relieved that Cherry has been found safe and well, and is now back with her family.

This was a truly remarkable rescue effort, which shows the strength of feeling across the community towards animals, and the importance people attach to keeping them safe.

Cherry was located down a mountain hole using a thermal imaging camera, and then - thankfully - it was possible to rescue her using a grasper device.

We worked with so many agencies to help Cherry, and the public response to the campaign to find her was heartening. It was an incredible experience to be involved in, and amazing to play a part in such a happy ending.

– Izzi Hignell, RSPCA inspector
Credit: Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Service

The rescue was absolutely incredible, and we are so overwhelmed by the levels of support from agencies and the public.

We are so grateful to everyone involved. Animals are my life, and it means the world to have Cherry safely back with us.

Fortunately, whilst Cherry has lost a little weight and is exceptionally tired, she is doing so well.

– Katinka Slingsby, Cherry's owner