A FLINTSHIRE pet owner has spoken of his anger after a discarded six inch fish hook went straight through his dog’s tongue.
Paul Simon, of Dee View Road, Connah’s Quay, was walking his dog Roxy on Friday night when the abandoned hook and fishing line got caught in her mouth.
Paul, 33, had been walking the 16-week-old Welsh border collie on Dock Road, when the inquisitive pup picked up the line hook. She bit down on it, sending the large hook straight through her tongue.
Paul said how he was angry that somebody had just left their fishing equipment lying on the ground.
He said: “I was angry that someone had left it there because it’s so simple to pick it up.
“It doesn’t take much to put six inches of line and a hook away.
“I presume she picked it up with her mouth, being young she’s quite interested in everything and unfortunately, she’s picked it up with her tongue.”
“She cried out in pain and tried to pull it out herself. I tried to keep her calm and carry her home.
“One of the fishermen there gave us a lift back and some were quite upset by what had happened.”
Luckily Roxy was able to have the hook removed later that night at Mold Grange Veterinary Centre and is now back in good health.
Paul, a fisherman himself, added that fishermen at Connah’s Quay docks have wanted deterrents stopping anglers from dropping used tackle in the area for some time. “This is obviously quite a problem down there. “The fishermen have wanted signs there for a while to help people out and to tell them not to leave their litter around,” he added.
Connah’s Quay Town Council Chairman, Cllr Andy Dunbobbin, said: “This isn’t very good at all.
“My apologies to Paul and I am very sorry to have heard this.
“It’s the common courtesy of those fishing to ensure that the area is free of debris that may harm people or animals.
“If it was me I’d have made sure I’d have moved my items.
“I’m glad this has been brought to our attention and I’ll be contacting Flintshire Council’s Streetscene department about this immediately.”