January 28, 2009

Dog not seriously injured in 50-foot fall

Authorities in Bradford, England, said a police dog named Vader only broke a toenail after plunging 50 feet to a concrete floor.

Sgt. Simon Jeffrey, the 2-year-old German shepherd's handler, said the dog jumped over a 4-foot wall Friday while searching for a suspected car thief and fell 50 feet to the concrete bottom of a drainage channel, The Sun reported Wednesday.

I was frantic with worry. He should be dead by rights, Jeffrey said.

A police helicopter used its light to illuminate the dog, named Vader, and firefighters used ropes to pull the police pooch to safety.

Jeffrey said Vader was rushed to veterinarians, who determined the canine had suffered only a broken toenail as a result of his fall.