Rottweiler on the mend after manhole rescue

The UK has been hit by scorching temperatures in recent weeks, with highs of 32C experienced in south-east England. While most people were basking in the sunshine on beaches around the country, Kim the Rottweiler found herself trapped down an eight-foot manhole.

When the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) received an anonymous tip-off, they found the dog at a wasteland site in west Belfast. The harmless four-year-old is believed to have been ambushed with stones during her ordeal.

Kim was found covered in cuts and her weight had plunged to just 1.5 stone (11kg). She is now being treated for dehydration by emergency staff at Vets Now. She also underwent life-saving surgery last Wednesday when a womb infection was detected.

Despite the horror she faced, her condition is improving steadily and she is recovering well at Earls-wood Veterinary Hospital in Belfast. She is expected to be her usual self within the next three months. The surgery’s Ian Millar said:

“It’s a miracle that the dog was retrieved from a manhole, especially after three days.”

The veterinary staff hope to find Kim a loving home in the near future and the placid and obedient dog seems to be in high spirits, despite the tribulation.

Mr Millar went on to say:

“She’s gaining weight and she’s in very good form. She’s happy, she’s content and she’s wagging her little stumpy tail.”

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the PSNI on 0845 600 8000.