Dog who survived 12 days in badger hole is vet’s most incredible story in 30 years

Beloved dog Freda was stuck down a badger sett for 12 days before being miraculously reunited with her owner Victoria Hogan, 46, and treated at Blacks Vets’ veterinary hospital in Dudley, West Midlands

It was a happy ending for Freda

A missing dog who miraculously survived 12 days trapped down a badger sett has been reunited with her owner.

Freda’s jaw-dropping story shocked the nation after it was shared last month, and even amazed her vet – who has never seen a case quite like hers.

Owner Victoria Hogan, 46, was left devastated when border terrier Freda became trapped underground after darting down the hole during a walk.

She spent the next eight days camped out in the woods at Lickey Hills Country Park, near Birmingham, hoping for her safe return.

Incredibly, after 12 days of waiting, Freda was found by three students collapsed on a roadside.

Brian, 52, who is the clinical director of Blacks Vets, said: “I’ve been a vet for almost 30 years but Freda’s story is one of the most incredible I’ve ever known.

Freda is safely home with Brian and Victoria


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“She was severely malnourished and dehydrated and had some significant pressure sores as a result of being trapped and wedged underground for so long but, thankfully, nothing that she could not overcome.

“She was hospitalized for two days here at Blacks for treatment and then allowed home to be reunited with her brother Bert and the rest of the family, which was obviously a very happy occasion indeed.”

Freda was rushed to Blacks Vets’ veterinary hospital in Dudley, West Midlands, for urgent treatment, and is now recovering well.

Victoria, who works alongside her husband at the same vets, said: “I camped out for eight days in the hope that Freda would somehow miraculously re-emerge.

“The Badgers Trust and RSPCA really supported us, while Hereford and Worcester fire service even used specialist listening devices and cameras to try to locate her but there was no trace.

Hungry Freda survived with cuts and bruises


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“On day eight, I just said to myself ‘I have to give up and begin to grieve’ and went back home, although I did leave her blanket and bowl behind in the park just in case.

“Then, on day 12, I was told three students had found Freda collapsed at the side of a nearby road and I initially feared the worst and thought it must be her dead body.

“When I was told she was alive it felt like a miracle and I ran out of the house to find her.

“She was very weak and bedraggled but she was alive, so we rushed her to Blacks Vets 24/7 emergency hospital in Dudley where my husband Brian is based.

“They were so supportive and accommodating from the moment it happened.

Bert and Freda are back together again


Blacks Vets/SWNS)

“At first, I rang in to say I’d be late as Freda had disappeared and then it developed into I wouldn’t be going in that day and, finally, could I take leave at short notice to search for her.

“I was so grateful but it was when Freda was found that they really came into their own.

“We called ahead to say we were on our way to the hospital and by the time we arrived the nurses and emergency team had already organized a heated bed, had fluids and pain relief ready and were all geared up to treat her wounds.

“Some of our colleagues even came in to help, even though they were not on duty.

“They were all fabulous and I now fully realize just how important it is for a vets to provide a 24/7 emergency service that can make the difference in cases such as Freda’s.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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