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RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

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Open Day Statement

3rd Aug 2011

During one of the dog show parades at the Open Day on Sunday 31st July 2011, a tragic incident occurred which involved two dogs, one from the Animal Centre and one belonging to a member of the public.

One dog Megan had to be rushed to the local vets for treatment for serious injuries. On the short trip to our local vets Megan was looked after by one of our Animal Care Assistants who is a qualified Veterinary Nurse. During the journey to the vets Megan was given CPR and was successfully resuscitated.

On arrival at the vets Megan was treated for her injuries after which she was transferred to a surgery in Clitheroe for further treatment. The owner, who had not attended the Open day, was contacted by the Branch Manager and given all the details available at that time. Contact details for our vet were given to the owner. After having stabilised Megan our vet was confident that everything pointed to the likelihood that Megan would be able to recover from her very serious injuries.

However, after discussions with the vet Megan’s owner decided that she should be put to sleep due to her age (13), her ongoing problems with arthritis and the traumatic situation she had been through.

This incident was observed by many people attending the Open Day, staff and volunteers from the Animal Centre and the owner’s son who was attending the event. It was very distressing for everyone involved and our heart goes out to everybody involved.

All the dogs in our care are assessed on an ongoing basis and prior to this incident Dillon, the Centre dog, had not shown any cause for concern regarding his behaviour.

Dillon has been put to sleep by our vet.

We are currently conducting a detailed and thorough investigation of this tragic incident to examine what happened and at this moment in time are unable to provide any more details.

Ken Harrison

Branch Manager

RSPCA Lancashire East Branch
Animal Centre, Nearer Holker House Farm, Off Enfield Road, Altham, Accrington BB5 5UU.
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