Deaf Jack Russel reunited with owner after 20m cliff drop

2016-05-06 09:02
SA Can branch manager Andreas Mathios helped reunite "Jack", a deaf Jack Russel,  with his owner Lynley Watson. (Supplied)

SA Can branch manager Andreas Mathios helped reunite "Jack", a deaf Jack Russel, with his owner Lynley Watson. (Supplied)

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Durban – It was an emotional reunion for Hillcrest dog owner, Lynley Watson, whose deaf dog, Jack, was rescued after falling 20 metres off a cliff.

On April 20 Watson met up with her friend to take their six dogs, including Jack, for a morning walk.

“They were all on leashes and he [Jack] was jumping over all the other dogs, even though he is a powerfully built chap.”

Watson said somehow Jack got tangled and escaped from his leash.

“He jumped once, twice and over the cliff,” said Watson adding that she froze as she thought her dog had plunged to his death in Giba Gorge.

“I was so hysterical, I went to the cliff and looked over and he was not there. I called for him but there was no response. My friend said we should go back home and lock up the other dogs and come back.”

Search for Jack

When Watson and her friend got home, they called community crime network, SA CAN, and asked them to assist in the search for her dog.

“They mobilised the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and they went down there and there was no dog.”

SA CAN branch general manager, Andreas Mathios, said residents mobilised the Winston Park Guardians and volunteers from Rescue Tech to search for Jack.

“They climbed down the ropes and whistled but he was not there. We looked for about six hours and we couldn’t find him so we decided to abort the search.”

Mathios said the next morning a member of SA CAN, sitting at home, spotted the dog on the cliff and contacted them.

“We rushed and found him a kilometre from where he had fallen off. He was full of beans and it was rewarding to see him reunited with his owner. It makes it all worth it,” he said.

A miracle

Kloof and Highway SPCA spokesperson, Lisa Morck, said inspector Petra Abrams and Petros Simamane from the Kloof and Highway SPCA also helped search for Jack.

“We were astonished Jack suffered no injuries after the horrific fall. It is always so heart-warming to receive the happy news when beloved pets are reunited with their families once again.”

Watson said she burst into tears when she saw Jack.

“He was howling. I think he was also emotional and beside himself. When we got home, I gave him breakfast and he slept the whole day.”

Watson thought Jack had died. “He is an old dog and he is deaf. It is a miracle that he made it alive. I am so grateful,” she said.

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