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Snake attack 'killed rottweiler'
Lorraine Bott
Ms Bott believes a wild adder attacked her dog
A dog owner claims her rottweiler died after an attack by a snake in a Leicestershire park.

Lorraine Bott said she was walking her two dogs at the Sussex Road Park in South Wigston when the attack happened in nearby bushes.

The dog was put down the next day. Ms Bott has called for Oadby and Wigston Borough Council to do more to highlight the danger to dog owners.

The council said signs warning of the incident had been put up in the park.

We just decided that he was in too much pain
Lorraine Bott, dog owner
Councillor John Boyce, of Oadby and Wigston Council, said: "The problem we have is that the response to any issue like this has to be proportionate.

"Clearly I'm extremely sympathetic with the lady. It is a traumatic experience for anyone who loses a dog but we have to measure our response according to what is the perceived threat."

The dog was taken to a vet for treatment but was later put down.

Lorraine Bott said: "Buddy deteriorated as the day went on, his organs were failing and he had to go on a drip.

"He was wrapped in a blanket because he was shivering but his temperature was sky high and he couldn't pass urine and had diarrhoea and sickness.

"We just decided that he was in too much pain and the best thing to do was to have him put to sleep."

Ms Bott believes the snake may have been a wild adder but Michael Jeeves from the local Wildlife Trust said the park was an extremely unlikely place for an adder to inhabit.

He said: "I would imagine it is an escaped one (snake) that somebody's kept as a pet and it has either just got out, or been thrown out."


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