Chubbs is reuntied with its owner. Photo: UWFRA

Chubbs is reuntied with its owners. Photo: UWFRA

A dog was rescued after falling down a deep hole at a North Yorkshire beauty spot notorious for incidents involving wayward animals.

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association was called out by police about 3.25pm on Sunday to help retrieve a spaniel that had fallen 60ft (18m) down a hole at Guisecliff, near Pateley Bridge.

Chubbs had disappeared down the rock fissure at the Nidderdale site which has seen similar incidents in previous years. The Grassington-based team went to the scene and rescued the uninjured dog and returned it to its grateful owners. The operation involved 11 volunteers from the team.

In October 2015, another spaniel, Paddy, was retrieved after getting stuck in a rock crack at the site. A year previously boxer Sophie was rescued from the same hole.

Guisecliff is a favourite site for dog rescues for the team. The area, close to the Nidderdale Way, has more than 70 rock-climbing routes and a reputation for being notoriously overgrown on many routes. The Upper Wharfedale team has undertaken at least half a dozen dog rescues from the site.

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