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Lost sheepdog's mountain rescue
The rescued border collie
The dog was rescued in a back-pack
A sheepdog who got lost while bringing in the flock sparked a mountain rescue operation in Gwynedd.

The Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team were called in after reports of dog barking.

The border collie was found at Idwal Slabs, about five miles from Bethesda, and carried down on a back-pack in the early hours of Saturday.

Rescue team leader Kevin de Silva said: "The farmer was very glad. It was breeding bitch worth about 2,000."

"We're pleased that he didn't try and get her himself because the potential was that he would have fallen off." There were initial concerns that the owner too may be in difficulty.

"It's a peculiar place for a dog to be," said Mr de Silva.

"There are a couple of scrambling paths in the area and some people take their dogs up."

A rescuer was lowered to reach the collie, who was taken to a vet until she was reunited with her owner on Saturday.


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