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Dog rescued from mine shaft near Tavistock

Earlier this month, Tavistock Fire Station were called to Gulworthy along with the specialist rescue team from Camels Head, where a dog had fallen down a shaft whilst working in the woods.

Gem, a 6-year-old working spaniel, had fallen around 30 metres down a straight shaft. Nothing had been heard from the dog for some time and it couldn’t be seen from the top.

Crews set up specialist lines with a recovery system. A detector was sent down to test for any traces of gases before a firefighter was lowered in.

The dog was located at the base in an alcove and brought up to ground level using an animal rescue bag, where she was reunited with her relieved owner.

She appeared relatively well despite her fall and was then going to be taken to the vet to get checked over.

Dog owners fight Weymouth beach ban

Dog owners want their animals to spend more time on the beach Credit: PA

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition against a ban on dogs using Weymouth beach for seven months of the year.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council increased the ban in 2016 to cover Easter through to October, but campaigners want that reduced. Dog owners say a seven-month ban is too long and want it limited to the summer season.

The campaigners say the longer ban has led to a drop in visitors and loss in trade for cafes and kiosks along the seafront.

They want residents in Weymouth and Portland to back their petition.

Pride of Britain West Country Finalists - David Pugh

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the West Country.

We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity.

The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

David Pugh has been training rescue dogs for more than 28 years.


Three men arrested in Wiltshire for poaching

Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police say three men have been arrested for poaching and hare coursing offences in the Salisbury area.

Police say the men, aged 22, 27 and 35, were arrested yesterday afternoon on suspicion of daytime trespass in pursuit of poaching.

The men have all been released under investigation.

The arrests are part of a wider anti-poaching operation by the force called Op Artemis.

Wiltshire Police say rural issues like poaching have an "undeniably negative impact on farmers and gamekeepers' quality of life.”

We want to send all poachers a clear message that Wiltshire Police is committed to tackling coursing and poaching. Wiltshire is not a soft touch and we will seek to prosecute individuals who seek to commit poaching related offences within the county where evidence exists.

– Michael Standing, Community Policing Sergeant

Bathtime for Boston

You may have heard of dogs foaming at the mouth, but this is new!

This footage provided by Maureen Lord shows Boston the French bulldog having a great time in the foam.

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