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Owner Left Devastated As His Dogs Die After Plunging Off Cliff

Owner Left Devastated As His Dogs Die After Plunging Off Cliff

A family has been left devastated after their three dogs ran off a cliff on to a beach in Cornwall.

The tragic accident killed two of their three dogs, with the mother left seriously injured.

Brandan Pellow, 21, took the family's pets to Gwithian Beach on Saturday (5 September) for what should have been a day out at the seaside.

But as he was about to walk them with his partner, the dogs excitedly jumped out of the car and ran to the edge of the cliff, plunging 200ft on to the beach.

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Credit: Cornwall Live
Credit: Cornwall Live

Brandan said: "It was the worst day of my life so far. This weekend has been absolutely heart wrenching and I don't know how we are all going to find a coping mechanism to re-nourish our empty hearts.

"That feeling and the tears do not stop. The grieving doesn't stop and the images of their innocent and beautiful faces won't leave my mind."

Brandan, who lives with his mother near Redruth, was taking them out for their daily adventure when he parked up at the beach Beach, near Hayle.

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While the couple were still next to the car with leads in hand, the dogs, which even had their harnesses on, jumped out of the car and ran ahead.

He explained: "Our beautiful girls got over excited and found their way to the highest cliff at Gwithian Beach. They didn't see the edge because they were so fast and they just fell to the very bottom.

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"Before I could attach their leads they had bolted out of my Land Rover past me and my partner. I went to chase them down and screamed their names but couldn't keep up with the pace they were going.

"I looked over the cliff edge and prayed that they weren't at the bottom, but they were."

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Brandan ran down to the beach to try to help the three dogs, and the RNLI also rushed to assist but sadly Honey had died instantly and Ava was in a critical condition.

The eldest dog, Sasha, suffered broken legs but somehow survived.

Describing the horrific scene, an emotional Brandan said that he tried everything he could to save Ava and managed to resuscitate her before rushing all three to the vets but unfortunately due to internal bleeding she later passed away.

Sasha needs surgery to fix her legs. Credit: Cornwall Live
Sasha needs surgery to fix her legs. Credit: Cornwall Live
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Brandan added: "We are all so distressed. My heart aches and my belly doesn't stop churning. Every time I go to sleep all I think about is them falling off the cliff. I can't even explain how I feel.

"It's like when you are in a nightmare and you feel like you are falling from a high height and that's just exactly how I feel and what I think about it when I imagine them there.

"The fact that little Sasha is still alive is a miracle and I just want to do absolutely everything I can to help her recover and give her the best life possible after losing her puppies."

The family started a GoFundMe to pay for Sasha's £3,000 surgery - they surpassed it in days and are donating any extra to the RNLI to thank them for their help.

Featured Image Credit: Cornwall Live

Topics: UK News, Animals

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into PR and then the world of music. After a few years working on festivals and events, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]