Rescuers stunned to discover ‘large pigeon’ stuck on roof was a bullmastiff

Police and firefighters answering a call to rescue a large pigeon stranded on a house roof, got the shock of their lives when the bird turned out to be a rather large, brown bullmastiff.

Alarmed neighbours in Lancashire, north of Blackpool, contacted the emergency services after spotting what they thought was one of those pesky birds stuck on the steep roof of the large house.

But when the fire and police arrived, expecting to free a feathered friend, they instead found the dog perched riskily on the edge of the roof, with its tongue sticking out and happily surveying its surroundings.

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It's quite a mystery on how it got there in the first place, but it was eventually helped back down to the ground and reunited with its relieved owner.

Lancashire Road Police tweeted: “Report of a large pigeon on the roof at Wyre this evening, turned out to be a very big dog! Thankfully @LancashireFRS did an amazing job at rescuing the dog. Reunited with owner.”

The rescue took around 20 minutes as firefighters used an aerial ladder to get the dog down.

A statement from Lancashire Fire and Rescue said: “At 20:44 on the July 7, one fire engine from Fleetwood along with the aerial ladder platform from Blackpool attended an incident on West Drive, Thornton Cleveleys.

“The incident involved a dog stuck on a domestic property roof. Firefighters rescued the dog using the aerial ladder platform and were in attendance for approximately twenty minutes.”

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One interested onlooker on Twitter wrote: “That's one he'll of a head scratch how that dog got up there in the first place…”, while another penned: “The scariest looking pigeon I've ever seen.”


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