Dog stuck up tree - Lismore

Published: 05 Mar 2022 08:47am

You may have heard of firefighters rescuing cats up trees...but a dog?!

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews in the flood zone at Lismore have saved a dog, trapped in a tree for three days.

Crews from Lismore fire station were dealing with a major fuel leak emergency in Union Street, South Lismore around midday on Wednesday 2 March, when one of the firefighters heard a whimper nearby.

He borrowed a kayak and went to investigate, discovering 'Winnie' the Bull Mastiff cross, entangled in vines, up to five-metres off the ground.

The firefighter and a colleague fashioned a hook and eventually freed the dog.

She was taken to a vet and has been reunited with her owners.

Winnie is believed to have been swept away by floodwaters and into the tree before water levels subsided, trapping her.

(Correcting her name as originally provided)

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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LISMORE Fire Station

139-141 Molesworth Street, Lismore NSW 2480


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1 Mellis Circuit, Alstonville NSW 2477