A dog who fell 40ft off the edge of a cliff while chasing a rabbit has been described as a 'walking miracle'.
Golden Retriever Mac was holidaying in the Isle of Wight with owner Margaret Sills when he spotted the rabbit and ran straight through a bush and over the cliff edge.
But the lucky dog's collar snagged on rocks on the cliff face, breaking his fall and probably saving his life.
Dog's life: Mac, pictured with owner Margaret Sills, 65, broke both his front legs after he fell 40ft from a cliff edge on the Isle of Wight while chasing rabbits and, right, the collar that snagged on rocks and broke his fall
Mrs Sills, 65, from Somersham, Cambridgeshire, said she was delighted to have her beloved pet home.
She said she was relieved to find Mac's snapped collar laying next to his bruised body.
'It saved his life,' she said. 'If he hadn't been wearing one he would have just free-fallen all the way and there's no way he could have survived.'
She added: 'It is going to take at least six months before he is back to normal and even then he will only have 50 per cent usage in one of his legs.
'I can't praise the vets enough for what they have done. I really thought I had lost him.
'He can't walk very far at the moment but compared to how he was a few weeks ago, he is a walking miracle.'
After more than three hours Mac was rescued by the Isle of Wight coastguard and rushed to a nearby vet where it was found he had a collapsed lung and two broken front legs.
The one-year-old dog stayed there for four days until he was stable enough to be transported to his local vet - Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Peterborough.
Injuries: The one-year-old Golden Retriever needed metal pins after breaking both legs and suffering a collapsed lung and extensive bruising
Hidden: The cliff edge at Ventnor beach on the Isle of Wight where Mac fell 40ft
Senior nurse at the hospital Hayley Stevenson was part of a team of nurses, critical care vets and orthopaedic surgeons who have helped patch Mac back up and get him moving around again.
She said: 'When Mac arrived with us he had two fractured front legs and air in his chest and a massive amount of bruising.
'In two separate operations we repaired his fractures by inserting two metal plates and splints to support his legs.'
He added: 'He is an amazing dog. Even with all the pain that he was in and not being able to walk, he was full of life and wagging his tail.
'We do a lot of fracture repairs at the hospital, but we have never treated a dog like Mac who has been involved in such a terrifying accident.
'We are hopeful that his fractures will heal and his chest is now stable.
'He went home last week bouncing around on his splints.'
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