Dog owner fuming after pooch plunges 20ft through open grate on public footpath

A dog owner has told of her shock that her puppy fell down an open grid on a public footpath.

Emily Bailey's nine-month-old puppy Milo experienced serious injuries after plunging 20ft down a grate left open by Yorkshire Water.

She claims that the accident occurred on a popular public footpath in Wakefield, Leeds Live reports.

Despite having insurance, she is now worried about the injuries – a fractured eye socket, broken rids and a damaged leg – will have on the dog long-term and what the costs of this will be.

She said: “Many people use that walk-through every day because it's great for children and dogs to run around.

“It could have been a child.”

Her three-year-old son was meant to go on the walk, too, but stayed at home due to experiencing a seizure, which meant Ms Bailey's partner took the dog for a walk.

The dog was actually brought into the family to help with the toddler's epilepsy.

After falling down the hole, a fire and rescue team had to be called to help rescue him, and Milo is now recovering.

But Ms Bailey has been left unhappy by Yorkshire Water's response.

They initially offered £250 as compensation, which has now increased to £500 – this has been rejected.

A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: “We were sorry to hear about the incident involving Milo and are currently looking into the circumstances surrounding it.

“While the circumstances of the incident remain unclear, we have offered to pay Emily’s pet insurance excess and an additional payment as a gesture of goodwill.

“We have also offered to consider any future veterinary costs for Milo that may arise as a result of this incident.

“Emily has decided not to accept this offer and is intending to take legal action, so we will not be able to comment any further.”

Hitting back, Ms Bailey added: “It is not about the money for me – I want some accountability.

"It should not have happened in the first place."

She also told Leeds Live that she is now concerned that Milo's injuries "may resurface in the future", with their full extent not yet known.

Her vet will complete further tests, with the leg injury giving her particularly cause for worry, knowing leg injuries are common in his breed when they age.

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