Stunned crowds looked on as two lost little dogs teetered on a 20ft-high ledge in a Sussex town centre this afternoon (Monday).
Neighbourhood First Officer Trevor Moule turned dog whisperer to save the two Yorkshire terriers who were in danger after they jumped out a first-floor window in Eastbourne.
Anxious passers-by spotted the two dogs running along a narrow ledge above shops in Langney Road.
Opposite the scene, Sue Cobb, from Cobb PR, called Eastbourne Borough Council’s Neighbourhood First team to see if they could help.
Sue said, “Rescuing dogs doesn’t come under the normal remit of Neighbourhood First but I know they’re always very helpful so it seemed a good place to start.”
Trevor, who arrived on the scene within minutes, described the drama that unfolded next , “When the dogs fell over the canopy above Maxfield’s café, I was able to use a ladder and coax them to come over to me.
“One of the dogs took a bit longer but was helped by a freshly cooked sausage that the café provided! They were both okay but a bit shaken.”
A crowd, that had gathered to watch the dogs, burst into applause when they were lifted to safety.
The whole incident was filmed by an onlooker who captured the emotional rollercoaster – including the sickly moment the second dog nearly slipped off the canopy.
Once safely down, Trevor then took the dogs to the Cobb PR office until the council’s stray dog contractor arrived to take them to temporary accommodation until the owners can be located.