Dog death was upsetting

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I today witnessed the death of a dog that ran accidentally over the edge of a cliff on the Seven Sisters.

The coastguard (who were extremely helpful) state that this happens frequently.

I don’t wish to labour the point regarding distress to all concerned, but it was a hugely upsetting experience for everyone both directly and indirectly involved.

I do however wish to labour the point that the witnesses and responders were exposed to a falls risk in the immediate assessment and management of the incident at the cliff edge and by rising tides on the beach during the eventual recovery of the animal.

As the remainder of our group continued our walk, we became aware of many other dogs off-lead on the cliffs and advised grateful owners accordingly.

I feel that similar incidents could be reduced by:

Please do not allow this situation to continue.

JOSEPH MULAE,

Eastbourne.