Investigation as dog covered in paint after swim in river
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.”
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