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RSPCA inspector saves sheep from cliff face in Wales

An RSPCA inspector has been helping to rescue 90 stranded sheep from a cliff face in Wales.

Justin Stubbs was drafted in to help out when the animals were apparently spooked by a dog and ended up on the precarious cliff in Pembrokeshire.

RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs helps to rescue sheep from a Welsh cliff (8263693)
RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs helps to rescue sheep from a Welsh cliff (8263693)

He joined the rescue operation on Monday and is now back at home in Bourne for a few days before returning to finish the rescue mission next week when the weather improves.

Justin, the RSPCA inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, said: “The rescue has gone considerably better than we expected.

“It has been heartbreaking at times when we have seen sheep fall from the cliff and die, but it’s really rewarding to think about how many sheep we have saved.”

About 40 sheep have been rescued so far with 20 falling into the sea off the coast of Mathry. There are 25 left to rescue but the mission has been called off because of high winds.

Justin said: “They are in a safe place where the farmer can get hay and water to them. We will go back next week and hope to get them all down safely.”

The rescue mission has been taking place from the top of the cliff and from the sea.

Rope teams have been abseiling from the top of the cliff to lift the sheep back up to safety while Justin has been part of a boat team. The sheep are put safely into canvas bags and taken by boat to the harbour to be loaded onto the owner’s trailer.

Justin said: “I was more than willing to help out.

“I’ve been part of the sea boat team for 10 years and we are normally called out to things like oil spills.

“We’ve never had to deal with such a large number of sheep in such a precarious place.”

The RSPCA is calling on dog owners to keep their pets on leads around livestock.

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