Published: April 7, 2010
Another dog dies in cliff plunge on Brean Down

A further dog has died this week after falling down the steep cliffs of Brean Down - the THIRD such incident in just a fortnight. learns the black springer cross cocker plunged to its death on Tuesday (April 6th).

The two year-old pet had been walking without a lead on top of the Down when it ran off, then fell down the cliffs 50ft to the east of the caves at Brean Cove.

The owners, from Worcester, managed to retrieve the body of the dog without a search being mounted. reported last week how Bath couple Lorraine and Jonathan Hawkins had found the body of Daisy, their greyhound cross whippet, at the base of the cliffs near Brean Down Fort after she went missing the previous day.

Another dog had a lucky escape last Saturday when it was found safe and well after tumbling down the cliffs.

The National Trust has said extra warning signs will not be introduced on Brean Down, despite the spate of incidents.

Mark Courtiour, the National Trust's Countryside Manager for Somerset, told "We are obviously very sad to hear about this."

"We do, however, have clear warning signs telling dog owners that they must keep their dogs under control on the steep cliffs. These signs are placed at both entrances to Brean Down so every dog walker will see them."

Almost a dozen dogs have died in falls from the cliffs on Brean Down in the last two years.


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