Dog electrocuted because of faulty manhole cover

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A dog was electrocuted in Florida after walking over a manhole cover with wet paws. 

His family is mourning the loss and warning other pet owners.

“It’s just so hard,” said Debbie McDermott, dog owner.

Debbie McDermott said she and her husband Lynn bought their 70-pound Great Pyrenees, Charlie, just four months ago.

“He was our home, he was our family, he was the love, he was the joy,” said Debbie. 

But on Saturday, a routine walk down Dade Avenue turned tragic when Charlie was electrocuted when walking over a street light manhole.​​​​​​​

“He had fell to the ground, then his tail was wagging and then Lynn had to try to move him off of that he realized that he got shocked and then Lynn’s hand got shocked as he was moving Charlie,” said Debbie. “And then Charlie started foaming at the mouth.”​​​​​​​

McDermott said paramedics pronounced her dog dead at the scene. FPL says once aware of the situation they shut off that power line until it was fixed.​​​​​​​

“To lose your dog in four months from something that could have been, it’s negligence, I feel like we should still have Charlie today,” said Debbie.

But through all their grief, Debbie and Lynn say they hope someone can learn from this tragedy.

“The only way that we can wrap our minds around this in our hearts is to know that maybe Charlie, his legacy continues, that he’s going to save other children, human beings, anybody you know from being electrocuted,” said Debbie. “Something that should not have happened.”

The City of Sarasota says a burnt wire underground in the pull box came into contact with the metal manhole cover.  

The wire has been repaired and staff are performing precautionary inspections of other boxes in the area.

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