Dog rescued from Strathkinnes well

Dog Freya is hosed down after her rescue. Picture courtesy of SSPCA.
Dog Freya is hosed down after her rescue. Picture courtesy of SSPCA.

A dramatic rescue operation in Strathkinness had a happy ending when a pregnant dog was pulled from mud in a disused well she had fallen into in Strathkinness.

Freya, a Doberman, dropped six feet into the well on a farm in the village and began sinking into almost half a metre of sludge at the bottom.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted to the incident and worked with officers from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in St Andrews to free her.

Animal Rescue Officer Joanna McDaid was on the scene and described the rescue as: “very dramatic.

“Freya’s entire back end had sunk into around a foot and a half of sludge at the bottom of the well and she was extremely distressed.

“John Brand from the fire service was absolutely great. He went down the well with a harness on and attached a safety line to Freya so the officers above could pull her out.

“The fact Freya is around five week’s pregnant made this all the more worrying and we are really glad this rescue had a happy ending,” she added.

Freya was unhurt in the incident and after a good hosing down by the fire service and a visit to the vet with owner Evelyn Nicol for antibiotics in case she had swallowed dirty water, she is back to normal.

Joanna explained: “The well is at ground level and is uncovered which is how Freya managed to fall in. Hopefully safety measures can now be put in place to prevent this from happening again.

“We’d like to praise the efforts of the fire and rescue service who were fantastic throughout this operation.”