Warning To Owners After Dog's Death

Coastguards are warning dog owners to keep their pets on leads when they are near clifftops.

It follows the death of a springer spaniel on Saturday October the 6th. The dog, called Bob, had been chasing birds at Durdle Door when he slipped off the cliff edge. He fell 150 feet (46 metres) and died of his injuries.

Cindy Rodaway, Portland Coastguard Watch Manager says.

"When walking near cliffs you should keep your dog on a lead to keep them safe.

"Even well behaved and obedient dogs can still behave unpredictably and run over cliffs when they hear or smell something interesting. 

"If your dog goes over please don’t attempt a rescue, in an emergency contact 999 for the Coastguard.”