An­i­mal-lov­ing po­lice free dog trapped at Ma­rina

Pilbara News - - News - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

■ When Indi the 14-year-old Ger­man shep­herd be­came trapped in a crevice be­tween the rock wall of the Point Sam­son Ma­rina on Satur­day night, the un­of­fi­cial Roe­bourne dog res­cue team was there to help.

Roe­bour ne po­lice were called out at 8pm by a distressed Hed­land cou­ple who couldn’t free the pooch.

Along with fire­fight­ers from the Roe­bour ne Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, po­lice mo­bilised.

Sergeant Jerry Samoa said the tide was not an is­sue.

“DFES brought out the jaws of the life for the job in case we needed to pry the hole big­ger on the rocks, but it was con­sid­ered too dan­ger­ous,” he said.

“It took a cou­ple of hours… there was a lot of trial and er­ror, it was just a man­ner of get­ting a good grip be­cause we couldn’t get our arms in to pull him out.”

Indi got a bit nippy from fear , but af­ter ma­noeu­vring and coax­ing the group man­aged to get him free just be­fore 10pm. Sgt Samoa said Indi was walk­ing fine af­ter­wards, de­spite con­cern of arthritic hips.

“The own­ers are tak­ing him into the vet for a check-up,” he said.

“It was very sat­is­fy­ing, not ev­ery day we get in­volved in that sort of stuff, we’re all an­i­mal lovers, we weren’t go­ing to tell the owner this is not a po­lice mat­ter.”

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