Sheepdog SURVIVES being run over by 15-tonne tractor

A pregnant sheepdog had a lucky escape after she was run over by a 15-tonne tractor and survived because she was squashed into the soft mud.

Shepherd Josh Sibley feared the worst when border collie Winnie chased a rabbit under a huge forage harvester.

While the rabbit made it out the other side Winnie went under the 4ft wide rear wheel of the machine.

But because the ground was so soft Winnie was pinned down into the mud rather than being crushed to death by the tyre.

Sheepdog Winnie had a lucky escape when she was crushed under a huge tractor, pictured. Also pictured is shepherd Josh Sibley with Winnie

Sheepdog Winnie had a lucky escape when she was crushed under a huge tractor, pictured. Also pictured is shepherd Josh Sibley with Winnie

Mr Sibley, pictured with Winnie, said the dog chased a rabbit under the 15-tonne harvester's tyre but amazingly survived because she was pushed into the soft mud rather than crushed

Mr Sibley, pictured with Winnie, said the dog chased a rabbit under the 15-tonne harvester's tyre but amazingly survived because she was pushed into the soft mud rather than crushed

Winnie collapsed after the incident and x-rays, pictured, revealed both her lungs had been punctured

Winnie collapsed after the incident and x-rays, pictured, revealed both her lungs had been punctured

When the forager rolled away Winnie got up and bolted, leaving behind a dog-shaped hole imprinted in the ground. 

She collapsed moments later due to two popped lungs and a fractured pelvis.

Winnie was rushed to a vets and after a tense five days of treatment costing £3,000 she pulled through and was allowed home.

A scan of her stomach a few days later found the three-year-old dog's unborn puppies had also survived the ordeal. Winnie has yet to give birth to them.

Mr Sibley, 22, had been working on his brother-in-law Ed Bowditch's farm near Beaminster, Dorset, cutting a field of maize when the accident happened.

He said: 'We were on the last 20 yards of the field of maize when I let Winnie out of my tractor to go to the toilet.

'She was fine until she saw the rabbit. I watched her run straight towards the forager that Ed was driving. I tried to get his attention but he couldn't see or hear me.

'The rabbit went straight under it and she followed. The whole wheel went over her body - the back axle weighs about six tonnes and the wheel is about 2ft wide and 4ft in diametre.

Mr Sibley pictured with Winnie, who survived after £3,000 treatment at the vets

X-rays of Winnie's wounds

Pregnant Winnie, pictured left with Mr Sibley and right in x-rays, underwent £3,000 treatment and made a full recovery, with her unborn puppies also surviving

The border collie went under one of the vehicle's tyres, pictured, which are 4ft wide

The border collie went under one of the vehicle's tyres, pictured, which are 4ft wide

'I thought 'that's it I've lost my dog,

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