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Dog’s fall from grace to cost owner £8,000

By Adrian Rutherford

A dog who cheated death after plunging nearly 400ft off a cliff at a Limavady beauty spot has landed his owner with an £8,000 vet’s bill.

Ironically, Limavady means ‘dog’s leap’ in Irish.

Rover accidentally fell over the sheer cliff after being let off to stretch his legs by his owner Roxanne Peggie last Thursday.

Ms Peggie, who is from Kirkcaldy in Scotland, watched in horror as the German pointer bounded over a small wall at the cliff.

When she peered over, she saw Rover precariously perched on a tiny ledge and then lose his balance and fall.

Despite dropping nearly 400ft, the dog escaped without injuring his organs or breaking any major bones — but he did suffer two damaged vertebrae.

He has now been brought back to Scotland where veterinary neurologists are working to save him — and he needs about £8,000 worth of treatment.

Ms Peggie (23) and her partner Barry Blyther (43) have now begun a fundraising drive to pay for Rover's operation.

They said the dog is lucky to be alive.

“We thought that the dog was a goner,” Roxanne said.

“I will never forget the sight of him falling.

“I would never have thought he would have survived such a fall.

“When we looked down, we saw him moving really slowly.

“I was absolutely amazed that he was alive. He was dragging his legs behind him,” she told the BBC.

Mr Blyther called the PSNI, but it was unable to help as no people were injured.

He then left Rover and set off back to his holiday cottage to get help and embark on a rescue.

“Five of us made our way back to Rover and made a kind of stretcher using jackets,” he said.

“I really thought he would be dead by the time we got to him but he had managed to move about 10 feet.”

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