Bristol City Council is investigating after a dog fell seriously ill and died following a visit to the Blaise Castle Estate.
The beloved pet belonging to a family from north Bristol died last week, following a short illness which reportedly left the animal completely unable to walk.
There has not yet been any conclusive evidence that the dog, named Trixie by her family, died as a result of her visit to Blaise Castle – however her owner has expressed concerns that she had fallen ill after swimming in the water on the estate.
Trixie’s owner, who asked to remain anonymous, posted to Facebook last week after the dog’s death in order to inform other pet owners who regularly visit the popular walking spot – after which, he said, he received a number of other messages from families who had been through similar experiences with their own dogs after visiting the estate.
Speaking earlier this week, Trixie’s owner said: “We are heartbroken, it all happened so quickly.
“Although we can’t bring Trixie back, we wanted to share what happened to her in the hope that it could warn other dog owners.”
A spokesperson for Bristol City Council said yesterday (Wednesday, June 19): “We are aware of reports that a dog has sadly died following a visit to Blaise Castle.
“This is obviously concerning and we are investigating to see if there is anything that may have caused it.”
Gina Gold, 55, from Weston-super-Mare, was left terrified last week after her Labrador Woody became seriously ill with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) and pancreatitis just days after Gina’s daughter took the pet to Blaise Castle for a walk, where he had reportedly been playing in the water.
Gina explained how after the visit on Sunday, June 9, Woody started to refuse food and displaying symptoms that, by the early hours of the Tuesday morning, had left him struggling to walk and surrounded by blood and faeces.
Woody was rushed to vets, where he spent several days on IV fluids before coming home.
As a healthy four-and-a-half-year-old Gina expects her beloved pet to make a full recovery, however has decided to share her story with other owners whose dogs may be smaller or less able to cope with the stress of falling so ill.
(Image: Gina Gold)
She said: “I’d never want to worry other dog owners unnecessarily, but after hearing about what had happened to Trixie and going through a similar situation with Woody, I just wanted to make people aware so they could make up their own minds.
“It could have just been a coincidence, but Woody going in the water at Blaise was the only thing different in his routine and he fell so ill, so quickly afterwards with similar symptoms to other dogs that it looked as though they could be linked.
“We have been really lucky with Woody, he was very, very unwell but we are hopeful now that he will make a complete recovery and go back to being his usual bright self.
“I just want to let other dog owners know what we have been through in the past week so they can take whatever precautions they decide on – I would hate to see any other animal suffer in the same way.”
Gina has since reported the incident to Bristol City Council.
(Image: Gina Gold)
Whilst both owners reported similar issues in their pets following visits to the estate, it cannot yet be confirmed whether or not their illnesses are explicitly linked to water conditions at the park.
A notice, put up by staff at Blaise Castle, notes that at the time of writing, should the council have any concerns over the quality of the water at the estate, ‘appropriate action will be taken and notices will be put up to inform dog walkers.
The poster also states that, at the time of writing, Bristol City Council had not received any official reports of the death of a dog which had swum in the waters at the estate.
The Environment Agency confirmed yesterday (Tuesday, June 18) that they had not yet received any reports of concerns about water quality at the estate.