Powerline falls on kennels killing 13 pedigree dogs during Storm Dudley

The dogs killed in yesterday’s accident were aged between seven months and six years (Picture: North News)
Chaos caused by Storm Dudley led to 13 dogs being electrocuted to death in a devastating accident.

At around 4pm yesterday, a tree blew down taking a powerline of 11,000 volts with it.

It fell on a kennel block at Cuckavalda Gundogs, near Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, electrifying the runs where the dogs were kept. A full investigation is now underway by Northern Power Grid. A spokesperson for Cuckavalda Gundogs said: ‘Jack, Anna and Tom would like to thank everyone who have shown their concern and given help and to Grace Lane Vets for coming out.’

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They added: ‘RIP you beautiful creatures – all taken far too young.’

13 pedigree dogs killed in tragic accident during Storm Dudley
A full investigation is now underway by Northern Power Grid (Picture: Cuckavalda Gundogs)
Dated: 17/02/2022 Thirteen pedigree dogs have been electrocuted to death in a tragic accident during Storm Dudley after a tree blew down yesterday (WED), taking a powerline which fell on the kennel block at Cuckavalda Gundogs, near Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, leading to a full investigation being launched by Northern Powergrid. Picture shows Northern Powergrid at the scene. See story North News
A powerline of 11,000 volts was brought crashing down onto the runs where the dogs were kept (Picture: North News and Pictures)

All of the dogs killed in yesterday’s accident were aged between seven months and six years.

A Northern Powergrid spokesperson said: ‘Storm Dudley caused a tree on a customer’s land to fall and bring down a section of overhead power line onto kennels which were situated directly under the section of electricity network.

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‘Sadly, a number of dogs in the kennel were electrocuted. As soon as we were alerted, we isolated supplies in the YO61 and 62 areas, causing a power cut for around 680 customers.

‘Our contact centre advisor also provided immediate safety advice to the customer to stay clear of the area and metal kennel.

‘Power was safely restored to the majority of customers last night. We remain in contact with the customer, and our teams are on site carrying out final repairs to the section of network damaged by the storm.’

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