Police have to shoot dogs who were guarding their dying owner

by Darren Jamieson on March 16, 2009

The loyalty of dogs is second to none, and tales of dogs refusing to leave the side of their owners, even when they have died, are commonplace. However, for two dogs and their owner, the dogs’ loyalty proved a problem as they were preventing emergency services from reaching the stricken dog owner.

Sixty-two-year-old Gerald Mitchell had collapsed in an industrial estate in Workington, Cumbria. His two dogs, both Rottweilers, stayed by his side and protected him from any passersby, which included the police and emergency services.

Sadly the police had to shoot one of the dogs, and Taser the other, so that ambulance crew could reach the fallen man. Mitchell was taken to the nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The second dog was taken to the vets to be destroyed.

It’s a sad story of two dogs’ loyalty, one without a happy ending for neither the dogs nor the owner.

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