A Linlithgow couple are grief-stricken after their dog fell victim to what they claim is negligence by Linlithgow developers.
At around 3am on Thursday, November 20, black labrador Glen, a pet of Ian and Eve Forrest who run the Four Marys pub, went out for a walk in the garden as usual.
But the couple began to worry when their dog didn’t return so went to search for him with torches. They were distraught to find that the temporary boundary fence which separates their garden from the former bus depot next door, where McCarthy and Stone are building retirement flats, was down, and Glen had fallen down a five foot ditch on the site.
On rescuing him with a blanket, heartbroken Eve lay with the whimpering dog all night before calling local vets Brechin and Mackie in the morning.
On finding out that he had broken both left legs front and rear, several broken ribs, and possible severe internal injuries, the decision was made to put him down.
Eve (54) said: “I am so upset. He recently celebrated his 13th birthday and we’ve had him for the last seven years.”
The couple got Glen from a rescue home, and he had previously lost an eye, but Eve added that he was in fine health with a good few years ahead of him. But they say their distress has been made worse as site developers McCarthy and Stone are refusing to admit that the fence was ever down on the night in question.
Eve said: “When we went to find Glen, part of the fence was lying on its side and pushed to one side, leaving a large gap. When we saw him lying on his side, he was barely moving. We had to climb into the hole to retrieve him.
‘‘How could the dog have got there if the fence was not down and how were we able to go in and find him? What if it had been a small child?”
She added: “If they held their hands up and said this was their fault, we would have just asked for them to pay the vet’s bills but this behaviour has made us so angry and upset. They are taking no responsibility for it.”
Steve Wiseman, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone, said: “We’re very disappointed to hear about an incident on our Linlithgow construction site.
‘‘We take health and safety very seriously and I can confirm that our site located off the High Street in Linlithgow was fully secured by our contractors on the evening of Wednesday, November 19, 2013.”