‘Dog’s death after rail line walk left me heartbroken’
A DEVASTATED Frome dog owner has told how her dog mysteriously died after walking along a disused railway line in Frome.
Alison Harding, of Mountsfield, Frome, said her beloved eight-year-old border collie Wizard died 48 hours after eating something while out for their evening walk along a footpath near Feltham Lane and Birchill Lane.
The pair had been out walking with her eight-year-old Jack Russell, Breeze, when Wizard ran off.
When she managed to catch up with him she found him finishing off something he had eaten. Soon after they got home she noticed he was off his food.
The 47-year-old said: “I had no idea what Whiz had eaten as there was nothing left when I got to him, but he seemed fine on the way home.
“When he didn’t eat any tea I assumed it was because he was full from whatever he had eaten.
“The next day he off his water as well and I said to my partner, Matthew, if he wasn’t any better by the following day I would take him to the vets.”
But when Mrs Harding got up the next morning she went to see how he was but just minutes later he died.
She said: “I went over to where he was lying and he didn’t seem well at all, he took a deep breath and died right there in front of me.
“It was devastating, I just can’t believe he deteriorated so quickly, I just wish I knew what he ate.”
Mrs Harding said she knew a woman whose dog had died in similar circumstances recently along the same path and had heard of four other dogs.
She said: “I don’t blame anyone for what has happened but a friend of mine advised me to report it to DEFRA.
“What I can’t understand is why, Whiz was a really fit, lively dog and it seems such a waste.
“I want to warn other dog owners to be cautious if walking along the path and be aware of what their dog is picking up along the way – even keep their dog on the lead to be safe.
“I still walk Breeze along there but I am much more aware of what she is doing.”