A dog has apparently been electrocuted while tethered outside a shop in Hertfordshire.
Rhylie, a Staffordshire bull terrier, was tied by his metal choke chain lead to metal shutters at Colney Mini Market in London Colney, when he “began fitting… and died”, his owner said.
UK Power Networks said: “The shock was due to an internal electrical fault”.
St Albans council shut the shop on safety grounds, but said satisfactory electrical tests meant it could reopen.
Matthew Callum, who has owned five-year-old Rhylie since he was a puppy, described him as “a member of the family”.
His sister had taken the dog for a walk on 6 November and tied him to the shutters “for a few minutes”, while shopping in the store.
“When she came out, people said Rhylie was fitting,” Mr Callum said.
“He had bitten on to his lead and wouldn’t, or couldn’t, let go.
“What actually happened was a live cable was touching the shutter… resulting in him obviously having an electric shock,” he added.
“When I turned up, my dog was dead outside the shop.”
Mr Callum said he received a small electric shock when he removed the dog’s lead.
UK Power Network engineers were called to the shop the following day.
A spokesman said: “Investigations have confirmed the shock was due to an internal electrical fault within the property, rather than the electricity network.”
Mike Lovelady, from St Albans City and District
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