July 29th, 2009
05:35 PM ET

Dog saved from 70ft cliff fall by collar


Mac plunged over the steep edge while out walking with owner Margaret Sills along a coastal path on the island.

But the collar caught on jutting rocks, breaking his fall.

"It saved his life," said Mrs Sills, "If he hadn't been wearing one he would have just free-fallen all the way and there's no way he could have survived."

Mac was taken to Riverbank Animal Hospital where he was treated for broken legs and a punctured lung.

Four days later surgeons fitted metal pins in two operations to keep his broken bones in place.

"He'll be in the plaster casts for six months so he can lead a true dog's life until then," said Mrs Stills.

"He can't really move so I've been helping him get outside on special ramps I made for him. He can barely support his own weight so I even have to support him when he goes to the toilet. He's really embarrassed I'm sure."

Mrs Sills, a former PA who has suffered four strokes and struggles to walk herself, said Mac's survival meant everything to her.

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  1. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    That is an amazing story.We love our pets, no doubt about it. And they seem to love us right back, unconditionally.

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    July 30, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  2. Joanne R. Pacicca

    Very nice. It is great to hear good news!

    July 30, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  3. mariajean

    Yay poochie! How great that the little guy made it. I hope the two of them live many more happy years together. I would be lost without my bubbas, Mikey and Twinkie.

    July 30, 2009 at 1:44 am |
  4. Lori

    aww, he's such a cute puppy/dog & they're smart too. Glad he'll be ok

    July 30, 2009 at 1:33 am |
  5. Kyle

    Being a dog fanatic I love that this story has a happy ending.

    Well at least for the dog. What happened to the rabbit after Mac chased him over the cliff?!

    July 29, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  6. Jen, Albany NY

    Oh poor little guy, I hate to hear things like that, especially to little animals. Thanks goodness he is ok. It sounds like they both need each other.

    July 29, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  7. Jeff Palmer

    That is pure luck. Beautiful.

    July 29, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  8. Annie Kate

    Poor doggie! He sounds like a really neat dog the way he helps his owner. I wouldn't want to lose him either. I hope he heals up quickly so he can recover his dignity going to the bathroom at least.

    July 29, 2009 at 6:35 pm |