Poodle traumatised by lamp-post power surge

Ernest Reid with his dog Scampie, who received an

Ernest Reid with his dog Scampie, who received an

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WHEN Ernest Reid went for a walk one evening the last thing he expected was his dog to get an electric shock from a lamp-post.

But that’s exactly what happened when his two-year-old poodle Scampie cocked his leg against along a footpath in Pine-hurst.

Ernest, a retired electro-mechanical engineer, said that he thought his dog was lucky to be alive after he went flying from the 240 volt shock.

The 68-year-old said: “He is only just about coming back to normal.

“He was deeply traumatised. He tried to run off across the field away from me and I could barely hold him on the lead.

“It was very upsetting. He is part of the family. I don’t know what I would do without my dog. I rely on him for his companionship.”

When he left his home for his usual walk near Tulip Tree Close between 10pm and 10.30pm on May 16, Ernest smelt burning but it did not occur to him until later what it was.

He said: “I thought it was just someone burning rubbish on the allotments. I should have known but I couldn’t place it.

“I didn’t know what the smell was until Scampie got the shock and I suddenly remembered it was an electrical short.

“On our way back from the walk I shone the torch along the lamp-posts and there was smoke coming out of them.”

The lamps along the path have been out of operation since January, meaning that Ernest, who has to use two crutches to walk as a result of his fibromyalgia and an accident, has to use a torch to see along the path.

Ernest and his neighbours reported the issue to Swindon Council on five different occasions, who on each occasion reported it on to electricity provider Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) who own the electricity cables powering the lamps.

SSE say on each occasion an engineer attended and rectified the issue, but this time the incident was caused by a moped left burning against the lamp-post, which caused the wires to fuse and short circuit.

But the incident has left Ernest concerned for the risk the lamp-posts pose to other people.

He said: “Where I use the crutches I sometimes stop and lean against them. If I had got a shock and it had knocked me out or killed me because I have angina I wouldn’t have been found until the following day.

“There are children who use the parkland on a Saturday and if my dog hadn’t been shocked it might have shocked them.”

A spokesman from SSE said: “We were called shortly after midnight on May 17 by Swindon Council and we were advised that there had been an incident involving the electrocution of a dog. We responded within half an hour of the report and it was made safe.”

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8:08am Thu 29 May 14

house on the hill says...

Just when you thought the Adver couldn't go any lower in it's search for "news"!
Just when you thought the Adver couldn't go any lower in it's search for "news"! house on the hill
  • Score: 1

11:36am Thu 29 May 14

bill oddie says...

Shocking.
Shocking. bill oddie
  • Score: 9

12:27pm Thu 29 May 14

Tonyblairisthedevil says...

What a sizzling story,
What a sizzling story, Tonyblairisthedevil
  • Score: 2

3:54pm Thu 29 May 14

bellyup says...

Enough to make your hair stand on end.
Enough to make your hair stand on end. bellyup
  • Score: 2

4:59pm Thu 29 May 14

mrwoo says...

hahaha what a gay doggy!
hahaha what a gay doggy! mrwoo
  • Score: 0

7:09pm Thu 29 May 14

knittynora says...

What makes dog owners think that's its ok for their dog to pee on lampposts, garden walls, gateposts etc.?
What makes dog owners think that's its ok for their dog to pee on lampposts, garden walls, gateposts etc.? knittynora
  • Score: 2

11:26pm Thu 29 May 14

Misty4 says...

knittynora wrote:
What makes dog owners think that's its ok for their dog to pee on lampposts, garden walls, gateposts etc.?
I agree. Because dog mess is such a major problem this disgusting habit tends to be overlooked. Let the dog urinate in its owner's garden. Failing that, make the owner clean it up. They want dogs - let them clean up ALL their pet's waste.
[quote][p][bold]knittynora[/bold] wrote: What makes dog owners think that's its ok for their dog to pee on lampposts, garden walls, gateposts etc.?[/p][/quote]I agree. Because dog mess is such a major problem this disgusting habit tends to be overlooked. Let the dog urinate in its owner's garden. Failing that, make the owner clean it up. They want dogs - let them clean up ALL their pet's waste. Misty4
  • Score: 2

10:15am Fri 30 May 14

house on the hill says...

I see this now made the national news this morning. Apparently the dog was thrown 100 feet according to Sky News. Seriously?
I see this now made the national news this morning. Apparently the dog was thrown 100 feet according to Sky News. Seriously? house on the hill
  • Score: 2

7:53pm Fri 30 May 14

TillyG says...

Poor thing:( looks like paying council tax is a waste of time!
Poor thing:( looks like paying council tax is a waste of time! TillyG
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Fri 30 May 14

TillyG says...

And by the way how do you people suppose dog owners clean up behind the dog if they wee? Carry a bucket of water and broom around on their walk?!!
And by the way how do you people suppose dog owners clean up behind the dog if they wee? Carry a bucket of water and broom around on their walk?!! TillyG
  • Score: 0

11:20pm Fri 30 May 14

twasadawf says...

Get a proper Dog
Get a proper Dog twasadawf
  • Score: -2

10:37pm Sat 31 May 14

MJNORTH says...

This was reported to Street Smart on 20/03/2014.
This was reported to Street Smart on 20/03/2014. MJNORTH
  • Score: 1

2:06pm Sun 1 Jun 14

FedUpPubGoer says...

I used to work with this bloke in Listers in Wroughton 20+ years ago. He was always moaning and out to blame someone else for what ever went wrong. Seems he aint changed one little bit.
I used to work with this bloke in Listers in Wroughton 20+ years ago. He was always moaning and out to blame someone else for what ever went wrong. Seems he aint changed one little bit. FedUpPubGoer
  • Score: 4

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