Dramatic Rescue of Dog Stuck in Badger Sett for Two Days

An adventurous dog who got stuck in a badger sett while on a walk was happily rescued after being trapped for a fraught 48 hours.

Lakeland terrier Arlo was out for his daily exercise in a field in Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset, when he got stuck in the active badger sett – leading his carers, who were dogsitting Arlo, into a panic.

They contacted the RSPCA and animal rescue officer Dean Wilkins rushed to the scene – but there was a setback, as it is illegal to damage active badger setts without a licence.

Dean said: “We had to apply for a licence to do so in the presence of an RSPCA wildlife officer. This meant a lengthy delay before we could start digging

“Once we got the permission however, there was another problem – we couldn’t see, or initially hear, Arlo.

“We needed help, so I called on the local fire and rescue service in Glastonbury. They arrived with a special camera to locate the dog, who was wedged 1.5m (4.9ft) down in the sett!”

Arlo’s carers Zoe and Nick, who were dogsitting Arlo for Zoe’s mum, experienced an agonising wait. Finally – more than two days after he vanished – Arlo was brought to safety

Nick said: “He was understandably tired, hungry and very thirsty. Despite being given a good drink he was still looking for muddy puddles to lap.

“Arlo wasn’t his usual inquisitive and bouncy self for a couple of days. But he’s back to normal now, barking at the window when you arrive home! We want to thank the RSPCA and fire and rescue – they were both unbelievably supportive and informative.”

Dean added: “This rescue was a great example of teamwork and what we can do together for animal welfare. We’re delighted to know Arlo’s now doing well after his adventure. This incident is a reminder that it’s always a good idea to keep your dog on a lead if you see signs of badger setts around.”

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give.

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