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Puppy’s ‘miraculous’ escape after 40ft fall into frozen river

Written by on 9 February 2021

An 11-month-old puppy had a “miraculous” escape after falling 40ft off a bridge into a frozen river.

Monty was running over an icy bridge when he skidded over the edge and crashed through the ice covering the River Ayr in Prestwick, Scotland.

His owner Phil Hobbins jumped into the water to rescue the puppy before rushing him to a pet emergency clinic.

Undated handout photo issued by Vets Now of 11-month-old puppy Monty, the lagotto romagnolo, who had a miraculous escape after falling 40ft off the 19th Century Oswald's bridge crashed through the ice covering the River Ayr in Prestwick, Scotland, while his owners looked on. Issue date: Monday February 8, 2021. Image: His owner Phil Hobbins jumped into the water to rescue him

“He dropped at least 40ft onto the ice and went through into the water,” he said of the incident in January.

“That should be a fatal fall and if he’d gone over the middle section, where it was quite rocky below, it would have been.

“But he went over at an end where there was ice and water, which must have given him a chance.”

Mr Hobbins rushed the lagotto romagnolo to the Vets Now clinic in Kilmarnock, where he was given blood transfusions to keep him alive.

“Panic had really set in because his breathing was so shallow and slow,” he said.

“We were all upset and scared and the nurse took one look, picked him up and sprinted inside with him.”

Senior vet Simon Patchett said: “His chest was filling up with large amounts of blood and air, restricting his ability to breathe and we had to urgently deal with that.

Undated handout photo issued by Vets Now of 11-month-old puppy Monty, the lagotto romagnolo, who had a miraculous escape after falling 40ft off the 19th Century Oswald's bridge crashed through the ice covering the River Ayr in Prestwick, Scotland, while his owners looked on. Issue date: Monday February 8, 2021. Image: Monty was given blood transfusions to keep him alive

“We placed drains into his chest, removed the blood that was building up and transfused this blood back into his veins.”

Following the treatment, Monty made a full recovery and was able to return home four days later.

“It’s an absolute miracle that he survived the fall that should have killed him,” said Mr Hobbins.

“When we picked him up he was wagging his tail and full of beans.

“It was so emotional. He’s a big part of our family and he’s kept us busy throughout lockdown.”

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