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Name tribute to engineers who helped save power cut puppies

Keith Hay and Bill Collie with puppies Image copyright SSE
Image caption Keith Hay and Bill Collie brought a generator to the farm

Engineers who helped prevent newborn puppies from freezing to death in a power cut during January's storms have had two of the dogs named after them.

It was feared the day-old German Shepherd pups would die when the power supply to their farmhouse at Mulben in Moray went off.

Scottish and Southern Energy engineers installed a mobile electricity generator to keep them warm.

Two of the dogs have been registered as Keith Hay and Bill Collie.

Owners Geoff and Sharon Hutley said it was their way of thanking the engineers.

Mrs Hutley said: "We woke up on the morning of the storm with no electricity and the house was freezing.

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Image caption The puppies were reunited with the men

"We'd already lost four pups from the litter within hours of them being born the day before and the thought of losing any more was unbearable, but it was the reality we were faced with.

"We had them all wrapped in blankets with a hot water bottle next to our wood burner, but it was still too cold and I really didn't think that they would survive much longer."

'Fighting fit'

They called SSE to report that the power was off.

Mr Collie explained: "I spoke to Geoff on the phone and I could hear how hopeless he felt the situation was for the remaining puppies.

"Initially Keith and I weren't sure how we could help, but when we checked and found we had a generator available we knew we had to get it to the farm before any more of the litter was lost.

"We're genuinely delighted to have these two named after us and it's great to see them now, fighting fit."

The engineers were reunited with the puppies before they went to new homes.

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Image caption The puppies are off to new homes

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