Four-legged friend rescued from Northumberland hills

Jack being loaded onto the stretcher.
Jack being loaded onto the stretcher.

Mountain rescue volunteers were called to an incident with a difference - rescuing a dog who was injured while walking in the Cheviots.

On Sunday afternoon, Northumberland National Park and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Teams received a request for assistance from Northumbria Police.

A post on the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page from yesterday reads: 'A Labradoodle dog called Jack had badly injured his leg while out for a walk with four human companions. His companions had just taken him over Scald Hill and were intending to head up to The Cheviot when the accident happened.

'While rescuing animals isn't our main role, we decided to assist not least to relieve Jack's suffering but also his owners. Our search dog handler and Tess, and our team leader, an ex-dog handler, made their way to Scald Hill with a lightweight stretcher to assist with the evacuation.

'Jack was carefully loaded into the stretcher before we, a police officer, and Jack's owners and their friends, carried him back to the Harthope Valley. We have since heard that Jack is in hospital awaiting an operation on his leg tomorrow.

'We hope Jack makes a full and swift recovery, and not before too long is out walking the hills of Northumberland National Park, with his owners.'

The teams dealt with three separate incidents on Saturday as well.