By Cristina Hodgson • 23 November 2019 • 0:09
DOG DIES FROM HEATSTROKE AFTER LEFT IN VAN BY PET CARERS
A PET proprietor was left heartbroken after her canine died from heatstroke when pet-sitters left her in their van on a sizzling summer day.
Davina Boyes, 34, of Guisborough, North Yorkshire received £3,000 compensation after her ‘healthy’ bulldog was left in a van on a hot day at the beach and died from heatstroke.
The incident occurred in July 2018 when Mrs Boyes left her two-year-old dog, Betty, in the care of a dog sitting service Petpals. According to reports, the dog had been taken for a walk on the sand at Redcar and then left in the van while the other dots were taken for a walk.
In reports from the Daily Mail, Petpals insist that the van was air-conditioned and the interior was cool on the return of the carer, however Betty, at that point, had started to vomit.
The young dog was taken to the vet, but by the time they got there, Betty was brain dead with heatstroke. Mrs Boyes had to sign for her dog to be put down and was reported to state that it was “heartbreaking” adding “She was our family. I’m absolutely let down, we were devastated that happened to our dog.”
According to the reports, Petpals paid the vets bills, sent flowers, and were very apologetic.
Despite the £3,000 compensation, Mrs Boyes said: ‘You can’t put a finance on something that you love.’
In a statement from Petpals’ director, Kevin Thackrah, it seems that though the company does not deny that Betty died while in their care, it was not clear that this was entirely due to being left in the van for 20 minutes as the vehicle was “air conditioned” and “still cool” on the carers’ return to the vehicle after walking other dogs.
Mr Thackrah believes that the heatstroke was primarily due to being walked on a very ‘hot day,’ adding how “very sorry” he was about the tragic outcome.
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