In­ves­ti­ga­tion as dog cov­ered in paint af­ter swim in river

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency is in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a dog ended up cov­ered in paint which had ap­par­ently been dumped in the River Stour.

El­iz­a­beth Hill, 62, of Hill­brow Road, South Ash­ford, was walk­ing her dog Ben­son at Vic­to­ria Park when he went for a dip in the ford op­po­site the rear of the Mata­lan store at 10.30am last Thurs­day.

To her sur­prise, when the Hun­gar­ian vi­zla emerged from the wa­ter, his legs and chin were cov­ered in white glossy paint.

The re­tired med­i­cal worker said: “I got some tis­sues out and tried to wipe his legs only to find it was white gloss paint. There was no tin to be seen, but some­one had thrown paint into the wa­ter and sur­round­ing area.

“It’s lucky he’s a tall dog, if he had been a smaller dog he would have been cov­ered.”

Mrs Hill re­moved the paint from Ben­son with white spirit, be­fore wash­ing it off with hot, soapy wa­ter.

She said: “He was fine. He just sat there and let me do it.

“I can’t be­lieve the id­iots that poured paint into the wa­ter. The tip is only round the cor­ner. If you’ve got a bit of paint left over you take it to the tip.

“I nor­mally take Ben­son to Hoth­field Com­mon. I cer­tainly won’t let him swim at Vic­to­ria Park again.”

A spokesman from the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, which was con­tacted by Mrs Hill, said: “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing.”

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2676369

The river and en­trance to Vic­to­ria Park, where white paint can be seen on the rocks, which is where Ben­son, pic­tured right, jumped into the river, emerg­ing cov­ered in white glossy paint

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