Animal rescue centre bosses say dog suffered heart attack and died because of fireworks

Bosses at an animal rescue centre say a dog suffered from a heart attack and died after being left terrified by fireworks.

Winston, a Moscow watchdog, tried to hide under decking by staff members at the Dogs 4 Rescue centre, near Barton Moss, between Irlam and Eccles.

The eight-year-old animal was dead by the time he was discovered.

It is believed he had a heart attack.

Winston, who was being cared for at the shelter after being abused in Bulgaria, was terrified of loud bangs and fireworks.

Earlier this year, the dog had been diagnosed with a heart condition and required medication.

Winston, who was being cared for at the shelter after being abused in Bulgaria, was terrified of loud bangs and fireworks.

Earlier this year, the dog had been diagnosed with a heart condition and required medication.

Winston and other dogs at the rescue were let out just after midnight in the early hours of Monday for a toilet break after the noise from fireworks appeared to have stopped.

The loud bangs started again shortly after – and the dogs rushed back into the centre.

Rescue centre staff say they panicked when Winston failed to return and after searching the site they found him under the decking.

Winston weighed 80 kilos and was too big to fit in the space he was trying to crawl into.

Staff at the rescue now appealing for people to stop letting off fireworks near the shelter.

Owner Emma Billington said: “He absolutely hated loud bangs. We are out in the sticks a little bit. I don’t know where these were coming from.

“They were outside and the bangs started going off, all of the dogs that were scared started running back in. We noticed he was missing.

“He had a heart attack and fell asleep under the decking.”

Emma, 40, added: “We have to tell people how bad this is for the dogs. There is no need, in this day and age.

“This has just killed him. All his life he has suffered at the hands of people.

“He was the most loyal dog.”

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