Mystery Of The Scottish Bridge Where Hundreds Of Dogs Have Jumped To Their Deaths

  • 31/10/2017
nintchdbpict000005027780.jpgAt first glance, Overtoun Bridge in Scotland looks like a picturesque crossing at the end of a historical gothic castle.

But the ancient bridge has baffled locals for decades, as hundreds of dogs for no apparent reason have leapt off it to their deaths.

The bridge spans a narrow part of the river in Dumbarton and acts as the approach road to Overtoun House.

But it has earned the name 'Dog Suicide Bridge' as stunned owners have watched in horror as their pets jump over the side without warning.

And the trend has even forced signs to be erected at each end of the bridge telling dog walkers to keep their mutts on a lead as they cross.

Meanwhile, the dog deaths all seem to share similarities as most of the animals are long-nosed breeds, such as retrievers.

They also jump mostly from between the same two parapets and in sunny weather.

And with no clear explanation for the deaths - locals have long alleged that the ghost of the depressed Lady Overtoun, who died in 1931, is passing her sadness on to the pets.

Lady Overtoun, also known as the White Lady, lived at Overtoun House, with her husband Baron Overtoun.

After he died in 1908, she is said to have become overcome with grief and often wandered the bridge - where her spirit is said to linger.

Her ghost is also said to have been spotted at the window to the ancient castle.

One owner who watched as her dog plummeted down the 50ft drop after jumping off the bridge was Alice Trevorrow.

Her springer spaniel Cassie, then three, survived the jump and Alice said her body went cold when she saw the dog leap.

Speaking in 2015, she said: "I can still hear her yelps like it was yesterday. There is no way my dog did it on purpose.

"There is something sinister going on here. It was so out of character for her."

One scientific reason for the phenomenon is that the dogs use their strong sense of smell and follow the strong scent of mink under the bridge.

But even then experts say that there appears to be no rational explanation for the mystery trend.

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