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Warning signs needed at cliff spot after 70ft fall, dog owner says

15th March 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

Warning signs are needed at a cliff spot to alert pet owners to the potential dangers, a dog owner has said after his pet was lucky to survive a 70ft fall.

Paul Hoskins was walking his Staffordshire bull terrier and Jack Russell cross, Diva, over Redcliff Point, near Weymouth, when she suddenly went over the top, the Dorset Echo reports.

Mr Hoskins, a self-employed carpenter, told the newspaper he got to the edge of the cliff to see Diva halfway down the bank.

"It was the worst feeling ever to see her go over the edge. I thought she was dead," he said.

The Preston resident managed to clamber down the cliff to rescue his five-month-old pet, in shock and on a ledge above the beach.

Diva was taken to hospital and was found to have a broken bone in her paw and damaged tendons.

Mr Hoskins told the newspaper warning signs would come in handy at the cliff spot, especially with summer approaching.

"I've never seen a sign up there that says 'Danger, Cliff Edge'. There have been a lot of landslides there and tufts of grass that give way," he said.

But Peter Broatch, who owns Eweleaze Farm and the fields where Diva fell from, said that people just need to exercise due caution.

Warning signs were recently erected at a popular walking spot in Scotland to warn visitors that part of a cliff face had fallen away.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800461712-ADNFCR


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