Deaf cocker spaniel rescued by JCB after 30 hours down 20ft rabbit hole

This is the moment a deaf missing dog was reunited with its owner after being stuck down a rabbit hole for 30 hours.

Cocker spaniel Dizzy disappeared during a walk with Duncan Flowers in Burlish Top, Worcestershire, on Sunday. Mr Flowers, 54, put out an appeal on social media and was overwhelmed when a group of 70 people turned out with torches to help search for his pet until after midnight. After having no joy Mr Flowers almost gave up hope of finding Dizzy and decided to return to the spot where she went missing.

He noticed a rabbit hole in a nearby field and, on the off chance she might be underneath, phoned a friend who arrived with a JCB digger.

He was stunned when the ten-year-old dog ‘popped up out of nowhere’ covered in dirt from down the 20-foot hole.

Dizzy and Duncan
Dizzy was lifted from the hole and reunited with an emotional Duncan as onlookers cheered (Picture: Duncan Flowers / SWNS)
Moment dizzy is pulled out of the hole
The dog was stuck down a 20ft rabbit hole for 30 hours (Picture: Duncan Flowers / SWNS)
The self-employed roofer, from Worcestershire, said: ‘We started digging, we didn’t even know she was in there, but I just had an inkling.

‘Two and a half hours later – we were about 20 feet in to the hole and about 10 foot deep – she just popped up out of no where. It was like a miracle.

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‘She had been in there for about 30 hours. I couldn’t believe it.

‘I wrapped her up in my coat and carried her back home.

‘She was shaking and shivering but as soon as I opened the door she ran straight in the house, tail wagging and started eating and drinking. She wasn’t injured thankfully.

‘It’s just brilliant to have her back home.’

The moment Dizzy was lifted from the hole and reunited with an emotional Duncan as onlookers cheered
Dizzy was rescued by a JCB digger (Picture: Duncan Flowers / SWNS)
Dizzy being pulled out of the hole
The dig for Dizzy took two and a half hours (Picture: Duncan Flowers / SWNS)

Touching footage shows the moment the shaking dog was lifted from the hole and reunited with an emotional Mr Flowers as onlookers cheered.

Describing the moment his dog vanished Mr Flowers said: ‘We were on the way back home when Dizzy went into a hedgerow between two fields and disappeared.

‘I went round the other side but she was gone. I hung around for a couple of hours thinking she had run off and would come back but I couldn’t find her.

‘I went back home and put a post on social media and people started phoning up left, right and centre offering to help look for her.

‘From about 5pm until after midnight, about 70 people were out looking for her with torches all over the Rifle Range and Blackstone but no one could find her.’

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The JCB digger
Duncan almost gave up hope of finding Dizzy when he decided to return to the spot that she went missing (Picture: Dunacan Flowers/SWNS)

Mr Flowers got back up at 6am in the morning to continue the search.

He said: ‘I phoned the dog warden, the vets, put up posts online and then I thought to myself, she must still be in that hedgerow.

‘I went back with a shovel and phoned a mate who works down the drains and he came and put a camera down a rabbit hole.

‘It only went down two metres and still we couldn’t see her, so I phoned my other friend whose got a small JCB digger and he brought that over.’

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