UPI – Rescuers working to draw a runaway dog away from dangerous mud flats in England lured the canine to safety by attaching a sausage to a drone.
Volunteer organisation Denmead Drone Search and Rescue (DDSR) was contacted to help when Millie, a Jack Russell terrier and whippet mix, slipped her collar while out on a walk in Hampshire, England, and ended up on mud flats that are known to flood in high tide.
Rescuers working with the local coast guard, firefighters and police were unable to reach Millie on foot or in kayaks, and they determined the dog was spooked and would flee when she caught a glimpse of her would-be saviours.
“One of the guys said, as a last resort, why don’t we try tying a sausage to a drone?” DDSR volunteer Stefani Dennis told CNN. “This was day three, she’d been there on the mud flats for two days.”
A neighbour who lives by the beach volunteered to cook sausages and attached them to the team’s drones with string. Dennis said the drone-lifted sausages were successful in drawing Millie’s attention and was successfully lured off the mud flats.
“I think all of us cried, I was so thankful that she made it home,” Dennis said. “The way the community came together saved Millie.”