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Dog rescues: Firefighters save two dogs in two days

RESCUED: Pharaoh the 15-year-old cattle dog was rescued by firefighters after a massive gum tree fell on him. Picture: Geoff Jones
RESCUED: Pharaoh the 15-year-old cattle dog was rescued by firefighters after a massive gum tree fell on him. Picture: Geoff Jones

TRAPPED, crying and terrified, two brave dogs have got themselves in a few ruff situations in the northern beaches this week.

Firefighters have been called to two dog rescues in two days and thankfully the pooches have lived to tell the tale.

Just after 1pm on Wednesday a Bungan Beach resident heard crying from up the cliff face and spotted a dog stuck up high.

"She scaled up to rescue it, then she realised she couldn't get down," Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Zone Commander Superintendent Kel McNamara said.

"The triple-0 call came over as a dog and person trapped up a cliff."

FRNSW firefighters from Narrabeen and Mona Vale responded to the scene and rescued the young woman and dog.

RESCUED: The dog and woman who were rescued from a Bungan Beach cliff face. Picture: Murray McGlenchy

RESCUED: The dog and woman who were rescued from a Bungan Beach cliff face. Picture: Murray McGlenchy

Supt McNamara said the dog has now been reunited with its owner who lives in Bayview.

"The dog escaped from Bayview when a tradesman left a door open, it managed to cross Barrenjoey Road and make its way to Bungan Beach. It's very lucky," he said.

Less than 24 hours later, firefighters from the same stations were called to another dog rescue, this one was on Gladstone Street in Newport.

Just after 9am on Thursday, a massive gum tree fell onto the back verandah of a home pinning Pharaoh the blue cattle dog to his bed where he was sleeping.

"I was in the loungeroom and there was a massive crash," the dog's owner Kevin Reid said. "I rushed out the back, I immediately thought 'where are the dogs'. The cattle dog was trapped and crying and it was too dangerous to get him out."

The 15-year-old dog was trapped under layers of branches on the first floor verandah of the house and Mr Reid arrived just in time to see his two other dogs - huskies called Milo and Cleo - terrified and running away from his home up the street.

"I rang triple-0 and the firefighters were here in a snap," he said.

FRNSW Narrabeen Senior Firefighter Ian McDougall said it was a delicate operation to rescue Pharaoh from underneath the massive gum tree, with heavy branches on top of the trapped dog.

"It took lots of little cuts because the lower branches against the ground were holding the bigger branches up," he said. "Thankfully, the pergola had got caught on the hand railing so it got held up a bit."

A branch penetrated his neck and he's really lucky to have been alive.

Kevin Reid

Once freed from underneath the tree, Mr Reid rushed Pharaoh to the vet.

"A branch penetrated his neck and he's really lucky to have been alive," he said. "The vet poked around to make sure there wasn't any foreign bodies and gave him some antibiotics and analgesia and sent him home. He's pretty shaken up."

Meanwhile, the huskies were found at a local marina by a good Samaritan who called the phone number on the dogs' collars. They've since been brought back home.

Mr Reid praised the police and firefighters who came to his house so quickly to help him.

"The fire brigade's amazing, they're just phenomenal guys," he said.

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