Fish hook ordeal for Minnie

Fish hook ordeal for Minnie

CRISIS: Mimi and Nikki Jones with their black labrador Minnie. Right, an X-ray reveals the hook

The hook visible on x-ray

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A DOG had to have a life-saving operation after swallowing a fishing hook embedded in a mackerel on a West Dorset beach.

Now, the owner of the dog has called for fishermen to take more care in where they leave their gear and catches in areas populated by dog walkers.

Nikki Jones, from Melbury Osmond, was walking her dog, a five-year-old black labrador called Minnie, along Hive Beach in Burton Bradstock when the pet spotted a mackerel next to one of the fisherman and began to eat it.

Mrs Jones said: “Minnie was slightly ahead of us and there were some fishermen about and she was sniffing around them and suddenly one of the fisherman jumped up.

“I rushed over and it was clear she was eating something really quickly.

“He was shouting that there was still a hook in it and that there was another hook on the end of the line, but the fishermen managed to cut that off before Minnie ate it.

“Minnie was absolutely fine after, if the fishermen hadn’t told me there was a hook in it we wouldn’t have known.”

Following the incident, Mrs Jones was advised to see if the hook would pass through naturally, and if it didn’t to take her to the vets.

She took Minnie to Bredy Veterinary Centre when an x-ray clearly showed the hook.

The dog was operated on later that day Mrs Jones added: “There are always fishermen on the beach and it would have been good if they could have put the mackerel that they caught into a box so the dogs can’t get to it.

“It is so tasty you can’t blame the dog for going for it and you also can’t keep a dog on the lead at all times when you are on the beach.

“The whole incident had a huge impact on us. The operation cost nearly £800 and having that amount of money going out unexpectedly added to the worry of it all, and also the discomfort to the dog.

“The fishermen were very nice but in future I hope they don’t leave stuff like that around.”

Vet Matthew Field said: “If a dog swallows a hook like this, it can be life threatening.

“The hooks can get stuck between the mouth and the stomach and serious damage can be done if they perforate the stomach or intestines, and from these life threatening infections take hold.

“It’s quite an emergency – it is major surgery. Any operation involving the stomach can get an infection, and dogs have died from it. Luckily, the dog is absolutely fine now.”

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7:20am Thu 27 Mar 14

unexpected error says...

For goodness sake, not another 'it's everyone else's fault' story. When I read the headline I thought I was going to read a story where a dog had found a fish on a beach with a hook in it that a fishereman had discarded and left behind. The bloke was fishing! The dog nicked the fish, how can this be the fisherman's fault.

I despair.
For goodness sake, not another 'it's everyone else's fault' story. When I read the headline I thought I was going to read a story where a dog had found a fish on a beach with a hook in it that a fishereman had discarded and left behind. The bloke was fishing! The dog nicked the fish, how can this be the fisherman's fault. I despair. unexpected error
  • Score: 42

8:10am Thu 27 Mar 14

weymouth donkey says...

Well put , I agree entirely , the dog should have been kept under control !!
Well put , I agree entirely , the dog should have been kept under control !! weymouth donkey
  • Score: 24

8:41am Thu 27 Mar 14

weymuffdiver says...

slim pickings in the news,we'll have a cat stuck up a tree next!
slim pickings in the news,we'll have a cat stuck up a tree next! weymuffdiver
  • Score: 8

9:10am Thu 27 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

weymuffdiver wrote:
slim pickings in the news,we'll have a cat stuck up a tree next!
Yesterday there was a story about a trapped seagull.
[quote][p][bold]weymuffdiver[/bold] wrote: slim pickings in the news,we'll have a cat stuck up a tree next![/p][/quote]Yesterday there was a story about a trapped seagull. Get a grip
  • Score: 7

11:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

shy talk says...

Get a grip wrote:
weymuffdiver wrote:
slim pickings in the news,we'll have a cat stuck up a tree next!
Yesterday there was a story about a trapped seagull.
Irresponsible man bites dog on Weymouth beach.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]weymuffdiver[/bold] wrote: slim pickings in the news,we'll have a cat stuck up a tree next![/p][/quote]Yesterday there was a story about a trapped seagull.[/p][/quote]Irresponsible man bites dog on Weymouth beach. shy talk
  • Score: 5

11:36am Thu 27 Mar 14

Witch Hazel says...

unexpected error wrote:
For goodness sake, not another 'it's everyone else's fault' story. When I read the headline I thought I was going to read a story where a dog had found a fish on a beach with a hook in it that a fishereman had discarded and left behind. The bloke was fishing! The dog nicked the fish, how can this be the fisherman's fault.

I despair.
Unexpected error.... I quite agree with you there.... everything you said I thought after reading the headlines..... I own a dog and to me it seems very stupid indeed to let a dog - I guess - off the lead where fishermen are about.. even if the dog was on the lead it needs control of the owner... whats the matter with dog owners for goodness sake. One certainly cannot blame the fisherman for someones sheer stupidity.

I'm glad to know the dog made a full recovery.
[quote][p][bold]unexpected error[/bold] wrote: For goodness sake, not another 'it's everyone else's fault' story. When I read the headline I thought I was going to read a story where a dog had found a fish on a beach with a hook in it that a fishereman had discarded and left behind. The bloke was fishing! The dog nicked the fish, how can this be the fisherman's fault. I despair.[/p][/quote]Unexpected error.... I quite agree with you there.... everything you said I thought after reading the headlines..... I own a dog and to me it seems very stupid indeed to let a dog - I guess - off the lead where fishermen are about.. even if the dog was on the lead it needs control of the owner... whats the matter with dog owners for goodness sake. One certainly cannot blame the fisherman for someones sheer stupidity. I'm glad to know the dog made a full recovery. Witch Hazel
  • Score: 16

12:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

DanWey says...

I hope she replaced the mackerel that her dog ate!
I hope she replaced the mackerel that her dog ate! DanWey
  • Score: 18

12:27pm Thu 27 Mar 14

JackJohnson says...

What? Me? It's NEVER my fault.

Fishermen around = fish hooks and line around = keep your dogs on a lead and give the fishermen a wide berth until you're far enough away from them for your dogs to be safe.

Simples.

Also - if I swallowed a fish hook I would go to A+E IMMEDIATELY, therefore if my dog swallows a fish hook he goes to the vet IMMEDIATELY. Theres no 'wait and see' about it. There's no room for complacency.
What? Me? It's NEVER my fault. Fishermen around = fish hooks and line around = keep your dogs on a lead and give the fishermen a wide berth until you're far enough away from them for your dogs to be safe. Simples. Also - if I swallowed a fish hook I would go to A+E IMMEDIATELY, therefore if my dog swallows a fish hook he goes to the vet IMMEDIATELY. Theres no 'wait and see' about it. There's no room for complacency. JackJohnson
  • Score: 13

1:01pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Harpya Orkinus says...

Finkcug wanglers !! Aunt Sally always keeps the dog on a lead - EVERYWHERE !!
Finkcug wanglers !! Aunt Sally always keeps the dog on a lead - EVERYWHERE !! Harpya Orkinus
  • Score: -11

5:25pm Thu 27 Mar 14

westbaywonder says...

That must be the most expensive fish hook in history.
£800!
Remember fishermen keep your fish and hooks in a box.LOL

No love, keep your dog under control and leave the fishermen in peace!

Vet must be laughing all the way to the bank.
That must be the most expensive fish hook in history. £800! Remember fishermen keep your fish and hooks in a box.LOL No love, keep your dog under control and leave the fishermen in peace! Vet must be laughing all the way to the bank. westbaywonder
  • Score: 11

5:33pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Sigurd Hoberth says...

One day, a woman somewhere in the Echo will have their own personal responsibility, some common sense and NOT blame someone else for everything.

I'll get the fishes and loaves ready for that one shall I?
One day, a woman somewhere in the Echo will have their own personal responsibility, some common sense and NOT blame someone else for everything. I'll get the fishes and loaves ready for that one shall I? Sigurd Hoberth
  • Score: 6

6:01pm Thu 27 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

As a fisherman myself, i take two things from this story.
Firstly, you fish for mackerel with strings of feathers. If, as reported, the angler cut the other hook off, then in all probability he had just landed these fish and hadn't had time to unhook them (which he would have needed to do, to catch more). Also worth remarking that the mackerel grabs the hook and is very rarely caught anywhere other than its lip, therefore it doesn't take very long to unhook (many actually unhook themselves as you pull them out).
The second thing i take from this is that the mackerel are inshore early this year. Could be a good year for fishing!
As a fisherman myself, i take two things from this story. Firstly, you fish for mackerel with strings of feathers. If, as reported, the angler cut the other hook off, then in all probability he had just landed these fish and hadn't had time to unhook them (which he would have needed to do, to catch more). Also worth remarking that the mackerel grabs the hook and is very rarely caught anywhere other than its lip, therefore it doesn't take very long to unhook (many actually unhook themselves as you pull them out). The second thing i take from this is that the mackerel are inshore early this year. Could be a good year for fishing! JamesYoung
  • Score: 9

6:07pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Dorset Boy says...

Get a grip wrote:
weymuffdiver wrote:
slim pickings in the news,we'll have a cat stuck up a tree next!
Yesterday there was a story about a trapped seagull.
The Gull story was in again today
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]weymuffdiver[/bold] wrote: slim pickings in the news,we'll have a cat stuck up a tree next![/p][/quote]Yesterday there was a story about a trapped seagull.[/p][/quote]The Gull story was in again today Dorset Boy
  • Score: 4

7:47pm Thu 27 Mar 14

chesilfisher says...

Lets get a few things straight here...i was there fishing with 6 of my friends when this happened...the dog was not under control...and at least 50yards away from its owners...the dog was sniffing around the fishing tent of my friend and was shoed away from the fishing bait...the hooks in question with the mackerel was a bait about to be cast out for bass...no mackerel had been caught...when the dog snaffled the bait my friend along with the other 5 in our group restrained the dog and managed to extract one hook from its mouth...the dog had swallowed the bait and other hook...when the owners of the dog finally got to the dog we all said to them they had to take the dog to the vets to check the dog over...they declined...put the dog on the lead and walked towards cogden along the beach...of all the years i have fished there this is the first time a dog owner has failed to have control of there animal around fishermen...yes its a shame that this has happened but the owner should take responsibilty for there dog...other dog owners have control of there pets and keep them away from us fishermen as we do have hooks and bait lying around but they are in our tents...if they were that concered about the dog maybe they should have taken the animal straight to the vets when we said
Lets get a few things straight here...i was there fishing with 6 of my friends when this happened...the dog was not under control...and at least 50yards away from its owners...the dog was sniffing around the fishing tent of my friend and was shoed away from the fishing bait...the hooks in question with the mackerel was a bait about to be cast out for bass...no mackerel had been caught...when the dog snaffled the bait my friend along with the other 5 in our group restrained the dog and managed to extract one hook from its mouth...the dog had swallowed the bait and other hook...when the owners of the dog finally got to the dog we all said to them they had to take the dog to the vets to check the dog over...they declined...put the dog on the lead and walked towards cogden along the beach...of all the years i have fished there this is the first time a dog owner has failed to have control of there animal around fishermen...yes its a shame that this has happened but the owner should take responsibilty for there dog...other dog owners have control of there pets and keep them away from us fishermen as we do have hooks and bait lying around but they are in our tents...if they were that concered about the dog maybe they should have taken the animal straight to the vets when we said chesilfisher
  • Score: 18

8:10pm Thu 27 Mar 14

codlips says...

I reckon it was mackerel baited on to a two hook rig ready for casting, like you say, a bit early for the mackerel yet.
I reckon it was mackerel baited on to a two hook rig ready for casting, like you say, a bit early for the mackerel yet. codlips
  • Score: 2

7:49am Fri 28 Mar 14

Rocksalt says...

Well, that's two articles so far this week that have made the dog owner look foolish.
Well, that's two articles so far this week that have made the dog owner look foolish. Rocksalt
  • Score: 4

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