Horror as puppy missing after slipping into water and being sucked into tunnel

A dog owner has been left heartbroken after their adorable puppy was washed away at not even a year old.

11-month-old miniature Goldenhoodle Bruce slipped into the water while on a walk near tunnels by a train line in south Cheshire.

Bruce fell and was sucked into a tunnel near the body of water and has not been found since.

The area is part of Sandbach Flashes, 14 pools near Sandbach and Crewe, where the water can often look still, but strong currents can be present underneath that feed into underwater concrete pipes.

Bruce’s devastated owner, Kate Kelly, said that he was immediately pulled under as he hit the water.

She told the Stoke Sentinel: "We were out taking Bruce for a walk. We have walked down to the tunnels lots of times over the past year. The walk down from the canal side is a nice run where we could let Bruce off the lead.

"We got to the tunnel section of the walk and Bruce must have slipped and as soon as he hit the water he was immediately sucked under into the tunnel below the pathway which was fully submerged below the river.

"It's like nothing I have seen before. The river is quite high at the moment due to all the rain, but the flow doesn't look dangerous at all.

"This is very scary as it could quite easily have happened to my son with the inadequate barrier in place at present.

"A small child could quite easily slip and fall over the railing into the treacherous waters below. We have been searching for him for days now and still had no joy.

"We fear he is stuck in the tunnels and we're unable to get to him with the danger of the water flow in the river at the present, but we hope by some miracle he did make it out of the other side and ran off scared."

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A petition has since been launched to improve the safety of the area following Bruce’s suspected death.

The local council has since reminded dog owners to be aware of the potentially fatal hazard.

A spokesman for Cheshire East Council said: "We are sorry to hear about this tragedy and our thoughts go out to the owner of this pet which appears to have drowned at this location where there have been previous similar tragedies involving dogs.

"After an incident in 2015, this council contacted Network Rail who are responsible for the pipes and, as a result, fencing was erected by Network Rail, together with a number of warning signs, advising dog owners of the water hazard and to keep their pets on a short lead."

The council admitted some of the fencing had been damaged and had contacted Network Rail.

Cheshire was struck by heavy rainfall over the weekend causing the river to flood.

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