With over 60 recorded dog deaths since the 1950s, the Overtoun Bridge now features a sign at its end reading "Dangerous Bridge: Please Keep Your Dog On A Lead." For no apparent reason, dogs simply hurl themselves over its sides, plunging 50 feet to their deaths in the falls below. Despite various experts having scoured the area for a sight, smell, or sound that might disturb canine senses, no conclusive evidence has been put forth to the curse of Overtoun Bridge.
Despite various experts having scoured the area for a sight, smell, or sound that might disturb canine senses, no conclusive evidence has been put forth to the curse of Overtoun Bridge.
Over the years, certain similarities between the dog suicides at Overtoun have become clear. For one thing, most dogs leap over the right-hand side, while long-nosed breeds are most likely to take the plunge. As if to lull owners into a sense of security, each incident also happened on a clear, sunny day. When the sun is out, keep your dog off Overtoun.
The phrase "Overtoun" means "the thin place" in Celtic mythology, referring to where the earth and the heavens overlap. Given its association with death, many locals believe the dogs are simply hypersensitive to haunting elements which reside in the area. The owner of one Springer Spaniel who survived jumping from the bridge says, "something else is going on here. It was so out of character for her [the dog]."