Red tape prevents fire crew rescuing dog

PUBLISHED: 14:04 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 06:59 30 May 2010

A JACK Russell dog trapped in a hole along the Flitch Way in Rayne couldn t be helped by fire crews on Saturday due to environmental protection laws. The brown and white small dog was trapped down a hole in Rayne on Saturday afternoon, but Braintree s fir

A JACK Russell dog trapped in a hole along the Flitch Way in Rayne couldn't be helped by fire crews on Saturday due to environmental protection laws.

The brown and white small dog was trapped down a hole in Rayne on Saturday afternoon, but Braintree's fire crews were unable to intervene because it was discovered that the whole was in the entrance to a badger set.

Under protection laws issued by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs crews are not allowed to take any action that would affect the set. If the dog is missing for another 48 hours, a licence can be obtained to dig up the ground to free it. Luckily Misty the dog resurfaced on Sunday night and was found at the Rayne ranger station sitting in a flower bed and was successfully re-united with his owners.

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