Puppy survives horrifying 40-foot drop into frozen river after skidding off during walk

A puppy managed to survive despite a 40-foot drop into a frozen river from the bridge.

Monty, a lagotto Romagnolo, reportedly fell off the bridge and crashed through the ice that was covering the River Ayr in Prestwick, Scotland.

The owners of the dog were looking in horror as the incident happened, which was in January of this year.

Phil Hobbins jumped into the water to rescue the 11-month old puppy.

He then rushed the little one to an emergency pet clinic.

Hobbins said his family were out for a walk when the dog ran towards the 19th century Oswald’s brige.

The puppy skidded and fell into the freezing water.

They added:

There are no cars and it’s a rural walk, so we didn’t think anything of it. But it was frosty and when he jumped up to have a look at the water, he skidded and fell over the edge. He dropped at least 40 feet onto the ice and went through into the water. That should be a fatal fall and if he’d gone over the middle section, where it was quite rocky below, it would have been. But he went over at an end where there was ice and water, which must have given him a chance.

The dog was rushed to the Vets Now Clinic.

He was given blood transfusions so he could survive.

Hobbins continued:

Panic had really set in because his breathing was so shallow and slow. We were all upset and scared and the nurse took one look, picked him up and sprinted inside with him.

Simon Patchett, a senior veterinary at the Vets Now Clinic, said:

Monty’s) gums were white, and his chest sounds were very abnormal. We did an X-ray and ultrasound scan and found he had significant internal bleeding. His chest was filling up with large amounts of blood and air, restricting his ability to breathe and we had to urgently deal with that. We placed drains into his chest, removed the blood that was building up and transfused this blood back into his veins.

Monty made a full recovery and was able to return home 4 days after the incident.

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