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Improvisation Lures Trapped Dog to Safety

January 27, 1988|Associated Press

MERTHYR TYDFIL, Wales — A coal miner used a rope and a ham sandwich Tuesday to free a 2-year-old terrier named Rocky that had been trapped for eight days about 40 feet down a narrow crevice on a Welsh mountain.

The rescue followed efforts to free the dog with heavy machinery.

Martin Townsend, 27, said he threw down the sandwich to lure Rocky into a noose he had lowered into the crevice, then hauled the pooch out.

Animal activists and volunteers had drilled into the side of Brithdir Mountain and removed 30 tons of rock and earth to get within 10 feet of the dog, which fell down the crevice while chasing rabbits.

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