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Last Updated: Friday November 27 2009 14:14 GMT

Dog saved after two days in hole

Nell the dog

A cocker spaniel is recovering from a two-day stay at the bottom of a deep hole after going missing on a walk.

Nell was out with her owner in Dyserth, near Colwyn Bay in Wales on Sunday when he she went missing.

Nell's owner Peter Bell spent two days searching for his missing pet, until he heard about the 24-metre deep holes, which used to be mineshafts.

Once he knew about the holes Mr Bell was able to track Nell down, and with help from the RSPCA she was freed.

The RSPCA needed to use ropes and harnesses to get to Nell, and then animal welfare officer Mark Roberts lowered himself down to collect her.

The mineshaft where Nell was stuck
The RSPCA had to get Nell out of the hole

Mr Roberts said: "It was a difficult rescue in bad weather conditions. There was debris and barbed wire at the top of the mineshaft and after falling such a distance her owners were aware that she could have been seriously injured.

'It was a miracle'

"When Nell was released she was running around, wagging her tail, clearly alive and well. It is truly remarkable that she escaped uninjured."

Mr Bell added: "It is hard to put into words how I feel, I am still in a state of shock. When officers opened the bag and she ran out I couldn't believe it, it was a miracle."