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Rescuers burrow underground to save dog stuck in rabbit hole

The four-year-old Jack Russell named Hook was trapped down the warren for hours.

Crews pose with Hook after the rescue.
Crews pose with Hook after the rescue. SFRS

Firefighters were called in to rescue a dog which had become trapped down a rabbit hole.

The four-year-old Jack Russell named Hook got stuck underground while out walking with owner Kevin McKenna near Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service station manager Brian Byrne said: "Our firefighters worked tirelessly as a team, using state-of-the-art specialist equipment as well as manually digging what probably amounted to as much as five tonnes of soil and stones.

"In what was a physically demanding task, our crews showed extreme professionalism and compassion throughout, and showed exactly what being a firefighter means.

"It's incidents like this that show how our staff will go above and beyond in order to provide a service which is second to none."

Mr McKenna and his worried family called in the fire service after being unable to free Hook themselves.

Firefighters spent several hours digging and finally managed to locate Hook using a specialist telescopic camera.

Mr McKenna's brother-in-law Stephen Cobain said: "We took him to the vet for a check-up and he's totally fine - he's now jumping about as if nothing happened.

"It was a tough and emotional few days, but the firefighters did such a fantastic job."

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