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Electrocuted dog's Galashiels owner describes ordeal

Ben the dog
Image caption Ben was electrocuted while being taken for a walk in Galashiels nearly two weeks ago

The owner of a dog electrocuted on a Borders street has spoken about the "horrible" incident in which it died.

David Adam was walking his lurcher-collie cross Ben in Galashiels on 11 December when the incident occurred.

He said the dog had been "one of a kind" and would be "sadly missed".

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the death on the town's High Street. Scottish Power said the power supply in the area had been isolated and posed no public safety risk.

Mr Adam was walking his dog through the town on a Sunday afternoon when it suddenly dropped to the ground and started yelping and shaking.

He said: "It was horrible.

"Ben was trying to drag himself away from the pavement, and he was crying and shaking.

"He ended up on his side, and when I put my hand on him I could feel his heart going like a train."

Mr Adam called his parents to come to see what was wrong but by the time they got there Ben had already died.

"We took him up to the vet and they confirmed that he had passed away, and said that he showed all the symptoms of being electrocuted," he said.

"Ben was a one of a kind dog.

"He was very loyal and friendly, he had lots of friends round the town and was well-known - he'll be sadly missed."

His family want to know the reasons behind Ben's death to prevent a similar incident happening again.

His father said: "As upsetting as this was, this is not just about what happened to Ben - what if a child had tripped and put their hands down?

"Whoever is responsible needs to do whatever it takes to make the area safe and make sure this can't happen again.

"Appropriate action must be taken by whoever is responsible."

Scottish Power said inquiries were ongoing although they are believed to centre on a faulty downpipe from a building leading to the town centre pavement.

A spokesperson said: "This incident is under investigation and we are checking infrastructure to see what happened.

"We'd like to reassure people that the power supply in the area has been isolated and poses no risk to public safety."

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