A machine operator who died while attempting to rescue two dogs in a rural area of NSW says he died because of a medical condition.
The Operators Association of New South Wales said in a statement that the 36-year-old machine operator was an apprentice at the National Veterinary Medical Service in Penrith when he fell into a ditch and was hit by a car.
It said the dog, named Mummy, was on a leash when he went in for help and was injured.
“Mummy was in a very serious condition, he had to be moved from the vehicle by his handler and was pronounced dead at the scene,” it said.
The statement said the dogs were treated at the Veterinary Medical Centre in the town of Penruth and the operation to save them was unsuccessful.
The NT Ambulance Service said it had received reports of a dog and a dog owner involved in an incident in a field about 12 kilometres north of Penrthes town of St. George.
“The NT Fire and Rescue Service has been called and is on site to assist with the investigation,” a statement said.
“It is believed that the owner and dog involved have left the scene.”
The NT Police Department said it was aware of the incident.
“We have been in contact with the NT Ambulsing Service regarding the incident and will be assisting with the outcome of their investigation,” it read.
“As this is a serious incident, we are providing a full co-ordination of support with our partner agencies.
The dogs were flown to the National Pet Hospital for treatment.
They were declared dead shortly after the incident, it said in the statement.
The Association of Veterinary Medical Practitioners of Australia has issued a statement saying the association’s members are mourning the loss of one of its members.”
Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased dog owner and their friends and family members,” it reads.”
A full and frank investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
The Association strongly urges any pet owners to consider the welfare of their pets at all times, particularly when working on their own land.”