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‘My dogs were left sick after dip in the sea’

PETS Andrew Wood from Southsea with his two dogs, Gester and Logic. He says they were made ill by polluted seawater. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14561-2)

PETS Andrew Wood from Southsea with his two dogs, Gester and Logic. He says they were made ill by polluted seawater. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14561-2)

 

He often takes his dogs walking around South Parade Pier until a few weeks ago when one of the animals became ill.

Five-year-old Logic, a Collie German Shepherd cross, enjoys splashing about in the water, but it was shortly after this that he was sick every hour for 12 hours.

His brother Gester, a Collie Staffordshire cross, also then became ill – and Andy suspects it was passed on.

He is worried that the sickness came as a result of sewage leaking into the sea around Langstone Harbour during recent flooding, as reported in The News.

He said: ‘The dogs were so ill. Every time I have seen dog walkers on the beach I have spoken to them about it and 75 per cent of them have said “my dog’s sick”.

‘Logic was really bad for 12 hours. He was throwing up all over the place.

‘I went home and the other dog started being sick. That’s when I knew it was a bug.’

Andy, 52, from Festing Grove in Southsea, spent £840 on treatment for the two dogs.

He took them to Companion Care in Burrfields Road in Portsmouth where they were each put on a drip for two days.

He added: ‘It’s a bit annoying. If it’s that bad the beach should be shut off. I have told dog owners to be careful.

‘They can’t run on the beach at all now. I don’t take them down because they still aren’t right yet.’

Antony Bielovich is a partner at Companion Care.

He said: ‘We have had more vomiting cases coming in compared to the previous month and this time last year.

‘The problem is we don’t often know where the exposure has been. It could be rotten hamburgers. I can’t tell you whether it’s related to the sea or not.

‘But there has been an increase in vomiting cases.’

An Environment Agency spokesman said: ‘Following recent incidents of sewage being discharged into Langstone Harbour, we have directed Southern Water to undertake major improvement works to the storm overflow and this scheme is currently under construction.

‘We’re working with Southern Water to ensure this work is carried out within the agreed timeframe.’

OWNERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SEA QUALITY

ANDY isn’t the only dog owner concerned about the quality of water in the sea.

Doreen Wileers, from Victoria Road South, Southsea said: ‘My dog goes to a dog walker regularly and her dog has recently become ill and it is suspected that it is because it went into the sea.

‘Because of this and the conditions of the sea, she now takes the dogs elsewhere.’

 

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