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Last Updated: Friday October 12 2007 10:49 GMT

Search called off for dog in hole

Sprogget

Rescue workers have called off an underground search for an 18-year-old Jack Russell dog that disappeared down a hole on a hillside in Wales.

Sprogget, who was deaf and blind, fell into an old mine in Torfaen, in Pontypool, South Wales, on Wednesday.

Workers used robot cameras and special equipment to try to find him, but had to call off the search when they could no longer tell if he was still alive.

Sprogget's owner David said he was very upset, but praised the rescue workers.

Rescuers working to save Sprogget
Rescuers are trying to reach Sprogget underground
He said: "They wanted him out just as much as we did and I think most people are upset that we can't get him.

"The effort they've put in here is as if they were trying to rescue a human, let alone a dog. They've done a really good job."

David, who'd had Sprogget since he was a pup, moved to the area in April and said he thought the hole had only appeared recently after it had been raining.



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