Happy ending for shaggy dog rescue tale at Midhurst

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There was a tale with a happy ending on the causeway at Midhurst when Molly, a one year old Shih Tzu found herself stranded on an island.

A West Sussex Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “Her embarrassed owner said she undid Molly’s extendable lead when it became tangled. Molly made a beeline for a swan. But she found herself stranded with the swan keeping a close eye on her.”

A crew from Midhurst were first on the scene, followed by a crew from Chichester. Two firefighters in wade suits reached her, but persuading Molly they were there to help her was a little more tricky. Eventually firefighter Chris Revell rescued Molly to cheers and applause from onlookers.

“We just hope she wasn’t left feeling too ‘ruff’ after the drama,” said the spokesman.

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