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Dog survives shocking 30ft plunge through closed fifth floor window in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 10:01 05 September 2012 | UPDATED: 10:08 05 September 2012

Lucy after the fall

Lucy after the fall

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Neighbours have spoken of their shock after seeing a puppy smash through a glass window on the fifth floor of a block of flats, fall at least 30ft and survive.

Lucy, a 10-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier, plunged from a flat in Stour Road, Dagenham, at 4.30pm on Monday of last week and landed on a tarmac roof.

Remarkably the dog suffered only a cut to its back and bruised legs and is set to make a full recovery.

A resident on the second floor told the Post: “I was at my window smoking a cigarette when I heard an almighty smash and then I saw a dog falling from above.

“I watched as it landed on the roof, bounced up and landed again.

“Amazingly, it got up but looked quite distressed and was limping. I rang the police and the RSPCA and other residents ran to help it. I was sure it would have to be put down.”

Police Sergeant Ian Lee said: “The dog was taken to a vet in Essex where she is doing well. We are very pleased that she is going to make a full recovery.”

The witness, who asked not to be named, said: “It was a really horrible thing to see. You wouldn’t think an animal could survive that.”

He added that many of his neighbours were shocked by the incident.

“People couldn’t believe what happened,” he said. “They found it very upsetting but were also relieved to hear that it’s going to be OK.”

An RSPCA spokesman said: “This is a horrendous incident. The dog would have suffered terribly and is very lucky to be alive.”

Daniel Harris, 24, of Stour Road, Dagenham, has been charged with animal cruelty and was bailed to attend Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday.


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