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Furry Faux Paw: Panicked Animal Rescue Team Discovers Dog in Distress Actually Mutt-Shaped Statue

Animal Rescue Team Rush to Save Stricken Dog, Discover Statue Instead
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A dog-shaped statue had an animal rescue team and citizens stressing out.

Mar. 8 2024, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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Animal rescue volunteers in England recently rushed to the aid of what they believed was a distressed dog trapped in a ditch at a park — only to discover it was a statue resembling a dog.

The team at Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue received ‘multiple reports’ of a canine stuck in a muddy ravine at Thorpe Park holiday resort in North East Lincolnshire, the New York Post reported.

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Responding promptly, they mobilized their crew to the scene near Cleethorpes Beach and coordinated with a lost dog group to strategize their rescue efforts.

However, upon reaching the reported location, they were surprised to find that the supposedly stranded pooch was actually a 2-foot tall ornamental statue resembling a Spaniel.

A spokesperson for the charity recounted the incident, expressing gratitude that it was a false alarm and acknowledging the quick response of an onsite staff member who had already attended to the statue.

The spokesperson said, "Water rescue volunteers were deployed to Thorpe Park (Cleethorpes Beach) tonight after multiple consecutive reports of a dog stuck in a ditch. While our volunteers deployed to the area, we discussed the case with volunteers at Charlie’s Angels Lost and Found Pets about a plan and the location of the animal. On arrival, we were thankful to hear… It was a statue! A statue that had already been rescued by an onsite member of staff!”

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Local residents commended the charity for their dedication to wildlife rehabilitation despite the mistaken call-out.

One individual expressed relief on Facebook, posting, “Thank goodness. It looked so real in the original photo, well done to the person who reported it, they must’ve been mortified.”

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Another added humorously, "Actually quite a cute statue. Is he for sale?"

While the incident turned out to be a false alarm, the charity continues its mission of aiding animals in need and is actively seeking donations to support their cause. Those interested in contributing can visit their GoFundMe page.

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