A DEVASTATED dog owner whose pet drowned in a Kenilworth lake has warned fellow dog walkers to be aware of the dangers of water.
Lyn Carey was looking after her three young grandchildren who had joined her to take beloved cocker spaniel Lucy for a walk over Abbey Fields.
It was ‘completely out of the blue’ when the six-year-old Lucy – who had never ventured near the water before – decided to jump in the lake.
Tragically Lucy took on so much water that despite being rescued by her 62-year-old owner, other dog walkers and lifeguards from the neighbouring swimming pool, and then being immediately rushed to the vet, she could not be saved.
In the days leading up to Lucy’s death she had been diagnosed with ‘sudden onset vestibular disease’ – an issue affecting balance which meant she was leaning to one side and was struggling to climb stairs.
Lyn was told the dog would make a full recovery in a matter of weeks and says she was given no warning about keeping her pup away from water.
She is now urging other dog walkers to think twice about where they walk their pets, particularly if they are suffering from underlying health issues.
Lyn, a former nurse, said: “We are devastated by Lucy’s death. She had never been in the water before so it was completely out of character for her. The main problem was that she was recovering from a syndrome which affects balance. She was therefore unable to swim and basically drowned before I could get her out of the water.
“I would like to warn other dog owners to be aware of this problem, especially if they have had any neurological issues such as a stroke or vestibular disease, or even ear infections.
“If the worst should ever happen, try and lift the dog upside down to try and drain some of the fluid from the lungs. I realise this is a problem with bigger dogs, but in that case put them over your knees and try that way.”
Lyn, who has since taken her dog home to be buried in the garden, has also thanked those who helped her on the day by rushing over to help her.
She added: “I would like to thank everyone who came to my aid when my dog got into difficulties after jumping in the lake.
“The passers by and the swimming pool staff were so helpful, and helped my three young grandchildren when I was unable to support them.”