Wednesday 28 September 2016

Elderly woman left devastated after little Chihuahua (3) drowns in home in floods

Published 13/12/2015 | 13:11

Anthony and Vera O'Donnell with their dog Princess who died in the flooding at their home in Richmond Park, Corbally in Limerick which was severely damaged by floods. Picture: Arthur Carron
Anthony and Vera O'Donnell with their dog Princess who died in the flooding at their home in Richmond Park, Corbally in Limerick which was severely damaged by floods. Picture: Arthur Carron

AN elderly woman has described how she was left devastated after finding her pet dog floating in her sitting room after her house flooded last night.

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Vera Donnelly described how she tried to resuscitate her dog after her home in Limerick was flooded on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

She cradled the little dog in her arms as she told of how water poured into the house.

She had lifted the three year old Chihuahua on to her couch as she attempted to bail water out of her home in Richmond Park, Corbally.

“I was trying to scoop up the water and we stopped it coming in to the hall but then it started coming up though the shower,” said Ms Donnelly.

“I was trying to stop the water because it was coming in the back and the front. I was trying to save the sitting room when my son in law asked where the dog was,” she added.

“He checked in there and could only see the other two dogs but not Princess.”

The family eventually found their dog floating behind their television.

“I did everything for her last night. I tried to breath down her throat but she must have been dead a while,” Ms Donnelly said.

“I’ll bury her in the back garden now,” she added.

“Two years ago one of our pups died and all my grandchildren wanted to bury here so we had a little ceremony out in the back garden with flowers so we will have something like that again.”

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan was at the scene and sympathised with families affected by the flooding.

“We need to make sure that it does not happen again tonight or tomorrow night,” she said.

“It is an awful trauma for the people.”

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