Hunt for answers into pet’s death after house fire
A BELOVED family dog died after falling ill in mysterious circumstances in kennels after being left there following a devastating house fire.
Alexandra and Wayne Sayce and their children, Kieran, 9, and Amelia, 5, are desperate for answers over the death of their beloved eight-year-old dog Bruce, after a stay at a Welsh kennels.
The family were forced to flee their home in Trallwn Road in Llansamlet in June after somebody set fire to their front door.
The blaze, at 11.30pm, which the family said they were “still trying to come to terms with”, saw smoke ruin their belongings.
They were forced to stay at an in-law’s house for four months following the fire, while friends and family took turns looking after Bruce.
In September, the family thought they might get temporary accommodation, but that was delayed, leaving them without somewhere to leave their pet. They took the decision to temporarily put him in kennel accommodation on September 9.
The family visited Bruce the following week as they were “missing him terribly”, and said he appeared to be fine.
They informed the kennels, which is not being named for legal reasons, they would need to keep him there a bit longer due to the delay in getting their accommodation.
But on Tuesday, October 2, they received some dreadful news.
Mr Sayce received a telephone call at 4pm telling him: “I think you need to come see your dog, something is wrong.”
When he got there, he found Bruce unresponsive and rushed him to Lakeside Vets as the family described him as being in a “real bad way.”
Mrs Sayce explained that when he was taken to the vet, he was found to have a deep cut on his tongue.
Bruce was kept in an isolated cage, so as not to come into contact with any other dogs. “He was lifeless,” said Mrs Sayce.
“I broke my heart when they showed me his tongue, it was the most horrific thing I have ever seen.
“He must have had a huge amount of blood loss. The vets think there was some sort of electrical burn and his fur was coming out in clumps. They said they could tell by his eye and response he was brain dead.”
Giving her assessment of Bruce’s condition, a vet working at Lakefield said: “He was completely collapsed and had respiratory difficulty.
“He had a burn to his tongue all the way through into the muscle.
“There was a velvet texture to his teeth and skin, he was smelling and was blue and very weak.
“He was put on IV fluid as he was in complete shock, and had to have CPR resuscitation twice, as we lost him twice.
“It was an injury compatible with a burn from electrical injury, maybe from chewing through wires. We had never seen anything like that before, it was one of the worst cases we’ve ever seen.”
The family claimed the kennels had not been able to give them an explanation as to why Bruce might have fallen ill.
“We phoned the RSPCA and the council said they paid a visit to the kennels and found no sharp edges or electrical points in the kennel where Bruce was kept and that there was nothing more they could do,” added Mrs Sayce.
The Post approached the kennels for a response, but it said it would be making no comment.
Bruce being treated at the vets and, below, the devastated Sayce family.