Rescuers save dog named Millie by attaching sausage to drone

    It was a wurst case scenario.

    UK rescuers redefined “wiener dog” after deploying a sausage-carrying drone to rescue a mutt that had become stranded for days on a treacherous mud bank amid an incoming tide.

    “It was a crazy idea,” said Chris Taylor, the chair of pet rescue org Denmead Drone Search and Rescue, told the Guardian of the unorthodox lure.

    The fiasco began January 13 after Millie, a Jack Russell-Whippet mix, escaped from her leash in Havant, Hampshire and ran off. She subsequently went missing for several hours before samaritans later located the three-year-old pooch on mudflats, where she risked being swept away by the tide.

    Unfortunately, despite dispatching everyone from the coast guard to kayakers, the rescuers failed to extract the imperiled pup after two days, the Global News reported.

    Millie was stranded for two days before the successful rescue.
    Denmead Drone Search & Rescue/Co

    That’s when an idea hit: A drone pilot suggested affixing food to one of the unmanned aerial units and flying it over Millie’s head. The rescue squad checked with Civil Aviation Authority regulations, calculating that they could attach a single two-ounce sausage to the drone.

    Thankfully, a samaritan was on hand to supply DDSR with sausage, whereupon the drone operators dangled it from a string and made a pass by the stranded pooch like an aerial angler, the Guardian reported.

    “It was a crazy idea,” said Chris Taylor, the chair of pet rescue org Denmead Drone Search and Rescue, told the Guardian of the unorthodox lure.
    “It was a crazy idea,” said Chris Taylor, the chair of pet rescue org Denmead Drone Search and Rescue, told the Guardian of the unorthodox lure.
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    “It was something we had never tried before – the sausages were the last resort, as we couldn’t reach her by kayak or any other means,” explained Taylor of the “last dish” effort.

    Fortunately, Millie was unable to resist the meat’s aroma, and the drone pilots managed to coax her 300 meters to safety, per the BBC.

    Drone pilots managed to coax Millie 300 meters to safety.
    Drone pilots managed to coax Millie 300 meters to safety.
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    “If we hadn’t had got her away from that area the tide would have come in and she would have been at risk of drowning,” said a relieved Taylor. “Because Millie was hungry it worked at luring her away from the danger to higher ground, which wouldn’t go underwater.”

    “It was something we had never tried before – the sausages were the last resort, as we couldn’t reach her by kayak or any other means," the rescue team said.
    “It was something we had never tried before – the sausages were the last resort, as we couldn’t reach her by kayak or any other means,” the rescue team said.
    Denmead Drone Search & Rescue/Co

    However, they weren’t out of the woods yet: after eating half the frankfurter, the cheeky mutt ran off into the woods. Fortunately, instead of returning to the mudflats, the plucky pup ended up at an industrial area, where she was rescued and reunited with the owner, Emma Oakes, the next day.

    "It was an unusual rescue — they aren't normally this complicated," the rescue team leader said.
    “It was an unusual rescue — they aren’t normally this complicated,” the rescue team leader said.
    Denmead Drone Search & Rescue/Co

    “Relief just poured over me,” gushed the grateful dog mom. “It was just absolutely fantastic to have her home.”

    “Relief just poured over me," gushed the grateful dog mom. "It was just absolutely fantastic to have her home."
    “Relief just poured over me,” gushed the grateful dog mom. “It was just absolutely fantastic to have her home.”
    Denmead Drone Search & Rescue/Co

    Taylor, for one, was also relieved the ordeal was over. “It was an unusual rescue — they aren’t normally this complicated,” the rescue team leader told the BBC. “The drone was worth its weight in gold in this case.”

    In fact, he plans to employ the same sausage lure technique again if ever faced with a similar situation.


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