Dog saved from Aylesbury railway line after two-hour rescue mission

Left to right: Joe's grandmother, Julie Black from Gartec, Joe with Hattie and Rachel from Gartec
Left to right: Joe's grandmother, Julie Black from Gartec, Joe with Hattie and Rachel from Gartec

The owner of a dog that was dramatically rescued from a railway line by office workers has thanked them for saving his beloved pet.

Staff at Gartec in Smeaton Close, Aylesbury, spotted Jack Russell Hettie ‘frozen with fear’ on a nearby railway line.

As it was too dangerous to venture onto the line, workers spent more than two hours trying to coax Hettie off it by throwing sausages and biscuits for her.

After several near misses with passing trains, the terrified dog finally came to the fence and staff managed to tie a makeshift lead around her and get her to crawl under the fence.

Staff then called the dog warden to say they had rescued a dog and they were able to match Hettie with a report of a missing Jack Russell.

A short while later the owner, Joe, came to collect her.

Julie Black, who works at Gartec and was involved in the rescue, said: “It’s quite a busy line and when we first saw her we thought she was going to be killed.

“When she eventually got under the fence she went mad licking us all and jumping about.

“When Joe got here he was crying his eyes out.”

The drama was between 9.30am and 11.45am on Tuesday.

Joe visited the next day to say thank you and give staff flowers and wine.

It is not know exactly how the dog managed to escape from its owners and get onto the railway line.