It's not their usual call out - but it was a pawfect ending for one relieved dog this week after South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue team pulled him free from a ten metre deep cave after three days of digging.

Rescuers responded to calls in Cwm Fechan on the fringes of the Brecon Beacons National park area on Sunday, February 3 after terrier "George" had followed his nose a little too far, becoming trapped in a muddy cave complex underground.

And after a 72-hour digging effort through wet mud and areas of hard rock which also involved specialist fire crews, members of the team were finally able to bring the happy hound back to the surface.

A statement from South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue team released online said: "Early Sunday afternoon the team received reports of a trapped dog in Cwm Fechan, near Merthyr Tydfil.

"Our colleagues at the Fire Service called us in to support their efforts to enable us to use our specialist skills.

"The dog was located some metres into a small cave complex near the path. This has several entrances, but all filled in with earth and rocks, or too tight for a person to access.

County Times: Rescuers pose with the relieved hound. Pic: South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue TeamRescuers pose with the relieved hound. Pic: South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team

"Team members started to dig to the dog, initially from two directions, but eventually concentrating efforts on the lower entrance to the cave. This involved working in a small, tight muddy passage, removing a lot of mud and solid rock to gradually excavate a way through.

"After almost three days of effort from many members of the team, the dog was successfully freed today at 3pm! A happy hound, and a brilliant effort by all."