A dog that fell 20 metres down a cliff and had to be pulled to safety by firefighters was only spotted against the terrain because of his distinctive white colouring, his owner says.
Morgan, a borzoi, went missing from his home in Pheasants Nest in Sydney’s south-west overnight.
When his owner Maciek Finch woke up and went looking for him they spotted him at the bottom of a cliff.
“We went out to search for him at first light and because he’s big and he’s white we saw him,” Mr Finch said.
“If he was behind a rock ledge he would have stayed there probably forever.”
His owners had to call firefighters to help retrieve Morgan in a delicate rescue operation.
Fire and Rescue NSW Inspector Robert Jansen said the dog was very distressed when emergency crews arrived.
Morgan was comforted and stabilised by eight firefighters before he was placed in a rescue stretcher and hauled to the top of the cliff, where he was united with Mr Finch.
“He’s very, very lucky,” he said.
“Boy did we miss him when he wasn’t at home … this is great, this is absolutely fantastic.”
Morgan has been taken to a local vet where his injuries were assessed.
A comment left on Picton Fire and Rescue Station’s Facebook page and attributed to Morgan’s family said the dog’s pelvis had been broken in numerous places and that he may need to have his tail amputated.
“The great news is he is alive and in good hands,” the comment read.