A rescued puppy is back where she belongs

11 November 2014

A nine-month-old puppy has been reunited with her loving owner after being rescued by North Tyneside Council.

Andrew Kelly is available for interviews and him and Ella for photos - you can contact him on TEL: 074127 32523.

Ella, a Patterdale Terrier, was the centre of a rescue operation after spending all Wednesday night deep underground in the drainage system of Monkseaton High School.

She was out walking with her owner, Andrew Kelly, of North Shields, when she followed a scent into a gully that feeds into the drainage of the school.

Despite Andrew’s desperate attempts to coax Ella out, she was no where to be seen, lost in the system.

Andrew said: “I was absolutely devastated when Ella went missing; I really thought she was gone forever. After trying for ages to get her out, by shouting her name and leaving food for her, I had to leave as I work night shifts. My friends went along but they could only hear her cries.

“I went back at 5am, straight from work, and met the school caretaker, Nikky Boak, and the council was called. Next thing, there were loads of people there from different organisations trying to find her.”

After calling the council, dog wardens Paul Broadbent and Russell Lockie and animal health inspector Paul Tyrie hurried to the scene.

They then got drainage plans from the school so they could work out were the drains ran beneath the school playing fields, and find where the manhole covers were located.

Andrew added: “They lifted up several drainage covers – the drains look like they go on forever. But luckily, she was down one of them – 150 metres from where she entered it.

“Ella is completely fine after her night away – you wouldn’t think anything had even happened!

“I couldn’t be happier to have her back and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved; they all went out of their way to help and I couldn’t have asked for better service.”

North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted to hear that lovely little Ella has been safely reunited with the Kelly family. I’d like to also say a big thank you to our dog wardens, the animal welfare officer and the school caretaker, who all worked extremely hard to find this adventurous puppy. They have given this story a very happy ending.”

Northumbrian Water and Capita’s drainage contractor, HCS, were also on standby to provide camera equipment to find Ella in the system. Fortunately, it wasn’t needed but staff assisted the council in lifting up the drain covers.

Cara Charlton, Assistant PR and Media Manager at Northumbrian Water, said: “We appreciate how much pets mean to people – it was really good we were able to do our bit to help Mr Kelly find Ella.”

Andrew Kelly is available for interviews and him and Ella for photos - you can contact him on TEL: 074127 32523.

The animal health inspector works within environmental health, a service delivered on the local authority′s behalf by its partner Capita.

In November 2012, Capita entered into a partnership with North Tyneside Council to deliver a range of technical services: engineering; property; planning; building control and public protection.

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