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RSPCA warning after dogs are saved from slurry pit.

THE RSPCA in Wales is warning farmers to be extra careful after two dogs were rescued from a slurry pit in Carmarthenshire.

RSPCA inspector Rohan Barker and animal collection officer Jonathan Jones were called to a farm near Llanwrda by a farmer that had spotted two collie-type dogs trapped in a 9ft slurry pit. She assumed they were her neighbour's dogs as they had been missing for a number of days.

Mr Jones used the farmer's tractor and forklift to hover above the pit so he could use a special pole to reach down and drag the dogs to safety.

Both dogs were unharmed and after being hosed down they were returned to their owner, but Inspector Barker said they were lucky to be alive.

Slurry has the same effect as quick sand and can suck an animal down into it in a matter of minutes.

Inspector Barker said, ``The animals must have been stuck in the pit for a number of days. The farmer who owns them had looked all over but had been unable to find them,'' he said.

``This slurry pit had a solid fence and it is strange both dogs managed to squeeze in. I appeal to farmers to check fencing they have around slurry pits so no animals or humans can get in.''
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 20, 2002
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